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Commonwealth delegation on assessment mission in Zimbabwe

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A COMMMONWEALTH delegation will be in the country starting tomorrow to assess whether Zimbabwe  qualifies to be readmitted into the club of former British colonies.

Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth in 2002 over human rights abuses before the late former President Robert Mugabe withdrew the country’s club membership.

The team, that will be led by assistant secretary-general Luis Franceschi  will be visiting the country for the third time following an application for readmission by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018.

The mission will assess the progress that the country has made in upholding the rule of law and human rights under Mnangagwa.

“The mission will be visiting the country for the third time in line with Zimbabwe’s re-engagement  thrust that seeks to rest and rekindle its foreign relations in order to create a conducive and supportive environment  for the successful implementation of the NDS1 (National Development Strategy 1) and the realisation of Vision 2030,” Foreign Affairs minister Frederick Shava said in a statement

“During the visit, the mission will meet with His Excellency the President  and hold discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador F M Shava and other ministers  and senior government officials  covering the political,  legislative and economic  reforms that government  has implemented under the Second Republic.”

Shava said the mission will also engage the media and other stakeholders  on matters of interest.

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