‘Zim to pursue multilateralism in foreign policy’

Source: ‘Zim to pursue multilateralism in foreign policy’ | Newsday (News)

FOREIGN AFFAIRS minister Major General Sibusiso Moyo yesterday said Zimbabwe will pursue multilateralism in its foreign policy, guarantee the safety of foreign investment and respect the sovereignty of other States, but will not tolerate being lectured to.

by EVERSON MUSHAVA/XOLISANI NCUBE

In his maiden speech to diplomats in Harare since his appointment by President Emmerson Mnangagwa early this month after the military intervention that toppled President Robert Mugabe, Moyo said Zimbabwe does not have to apologise for putting its national interest at the centre of its foreign policy.

“Zimbabwe has permanent interests, which we hope we can achieve working in harmony and in collaboration with your countries and organisations,” he said.

“So, we have no apologies for putting our own interests at the forefront of our international dealings.”

Moyo’s statement comes after the United States advised Zimbabwe to send back soldiers to the barracks and have free and credible elections if it entertained hopes of engaging with the Western power.

He said the country’s interests were to create jobs as well as guaranteeing security, progress and prosperity in a peaceful neighbourhood and would not hesitate to deal decisively to defeat any threat to peace.

Meanwhile, the government has given stakeholders in the livestock sector seven days to draft proposals for consideration at the launch of command livestock programme next week.

Deputy chief secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Justin Mupamhanga yesterday told close to 50 institutions that had been invited to attend the launch of command livestock programme that they should draft project proposals to be tabled next week.

In June, Cabinet approved a $300 million special programme on livestock production that is expected to run for between three and five years.

The special programme on livestock production is expected to boost beef and dairy cattle, pig, sheep, goat, fish and wildlife production through resuscitation and establishment of dip tanks, watering points and livestock infrastructure.

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    Chatham House 3 years ago

    This will be fun to experience! My family purchased a virgin farm some 114 years ago and were then evicted after 99 years of investment into the property and nothing has happened for nearly 16 years. Is there a change of heart? In what manner will there be a change of heart or policy? Will it rolled out in writing by the so called Compensation Sterling Committee from the wonderful CFU??? This is exciting. Is the current President legitimate in a global context or is he just another Muzorewa that Carrington and Kissinger will be dismissive of? Time will tell. Can we trust a group of people running around the place calling themselves a Lacoste Legitimate Compensation Sterling Committee when we cannot read the constitution or there is no legal status to their so called body? Smells a bit fishy or Crocodily to me?

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      Kutama 3 years ago

      I wonder how The Junta describes a Zanu genocide in Zimbabwe – also multilateral strategy to kill people in different age groups?

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        RENETH MANO 3 years ago

        There is a Shona proverb which says “tinotenda maruva tadya chakata” which bears testimony to African wisdom passed from generation to generation since pre-colonial times and is saturated with relevance to our present situation.

        Explanation from Mitupo.org is as follows:

        English Literal Equivalent: Though the flowering of the fruit tree fill us with tremendous hope, we should only thank the blossoms once we have eaten the (mobola plum) fruit.

        English Meaning: One must not rely on promises until there are tangible results or signs. It is similarly to responding to a promise by saying “fingers crossed!”

        English Meaning: One must not rely on promises until there are tangible results or signs. It is similarly to responding to a promise by saying “fingers crossed!”

        Context: Chakata (hacha, umkuna) – mobola plum also known as the gingerbread plum is an indigenous fruit to Africa found across the continent from Madagascar to Senegal. The mobola tree is loved for its beauty, sweet-smelling flowers, provision of shade from the large drooping crown-like branches and the many traditional uses of the tree. The mobola plum is reddish-yellow, high in vitamin C and regarded as one of the best wild fruits which can be consumed as a snack, pounded with water to create a citrus juice or even boiled as a cereal. As such in Zimbabwe the mobola fruit is greatly prized and in the middle part of the year expectations grow for a sweet fruit. But whatever promising sings or patterns one may read, one can only be sure that the fruit will be sweet once they have eaten the first offerings from the tree. From this example, our elders sought to share the lesson that some promises are best believed only when they have actually materialized.

        Application: This proverb is used to doubtfully respond to a promise usually coming from someone who should not be fully trusted or an institution that has developed a habit of not fulfilling its promises. It is a quiet and clever way of provoking the one making promises to act rather than talk.

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    “Guaranteeing the safety of foreign investment” That guarantee isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit. Ask ZANU how their ‘guarantees’ worked out before? 51 percent anyone? Bilateral agreements anyone? Renegotiation anyone? “You can go hang” anyone? Etc etc etc