Zim ready to work with Trump: Govt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Mu­gabe

ZIMBABWE is ready to work with the new United States Repub­li­can gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing Mr Don­ald Trump’s stun­ning vic­tory in the Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

Mr Trump, who will be sworn in on Jan­uary 17, 2017, be­comes the 45th Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent af­ter beat­ing his ri­val Mrs Hil­lary Clin­ton in a tightly-con­tested race whose re­sults were an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Information, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe told our Harare Bureau yes­ter­day that it was the Gov­ern­ment’s hope that the new Trump regime would re­store the sound re­la­tions that ex­isted be­tween Harare and Wash­ing­ton.

He said Harare al­ways wanted to main­tain good re­la­tions with Wash­ing­ton and at no point had it tried to pick an is­sue with Amer­ica.

Said Dr Mushohwe: “Zimbabwe re­spects the wishes of the peo­ple of Amer­ica. The Amer­i­can peo­ple have spo­ken and that is their wish and as Zimbabwe, we re­spect their wish. We can only hope that the new regime will fos­ter a re­la­tion­ship that we al­ways had with the USA.

“Zimbabwe has never had any quar­rel with Amer­ica and does not need to have any quar­rel with Amer­ica. The new gov­ern­ment will re­store our long time re­la­tion­ship that we’ve en­joyed with the Amer­i­can peo­ple. We can only be happy for the peo­ple of Amer­ica who have made a choice and their choice is their demo­cratic and con­sti­tu­tional choice, which we must re­spect.”

Dr Mushohwe said Mr Trump’s ac­cep­tance speech was en­cour­ag­ing as it pro­moted world peace and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Amer­ica and all pro­gres­sive na­tions of the world.

“As a Gov­ern­ment, we were quite happy lis­ten­ing to Mr Trump’s ac­cep­tance speech. It was quite en­cour­ag­ing that he was talk­ing about the need for Amer­ica to co­op­er­ate and work with ev­ery na­tion that wants to work and re­late with the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment,” said Dr Mushohwe.

“In­deed, Zimbabwe has never been an en­emy of Amer­ica. You know, of course, some peo­ple might say, oh, you know when you are cam­paign­ing (peo­ple), they say this and that but you must un­der­stand that when you cam­paign, it’s part of pol­i­tics. When you come into power, it be­comes pol­icy and what guides coun­tries are poli­cies and not pol­i­tics.

“We are quite en­cour­aged that the new regime is pre­pared to work and co­op­er­ate with any na­tion that needs to work with Amer­ica. We can only wish them well. Dur­ing cam­paign, you could see that he was even say­ing that he was go­ing to take his ri­val (Hil­lary) Clin­ton to prison but this morn­ing he was prais­ing Clin­ton and Clin­ton in re­turn was one of the first peo­ple to con­grat­u­late Mr Trump. That is what good pol­i­tics is all about and that is a demon­stra­tion of democ­racy at play.”

Dr Mushohwe added: “As Zimbabwe, we can­not pre-judge the new gov­ern­ment. It could ac­tu­ally be a bet­ter gov­ern­ment than the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.”

Zimbabwe-US re­la­tions were not as good as they could have been with the out­go­ing (Bar­rack) Obama gov­ern­ment main­tain­ing il­le­gal sanc­tions on Zimbabwe de­spite spir­ited re-en­gage­ment ef­forts by Harare. Although in the last days of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Obama regime re­moved In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and fer­tiliser man­u­fac­tur­ing en­tity Zimbabwe Fer­tiliser Com­pany from the sanc­tions list, the regime main­tained the sanc­tions law — the Zimbabwe Democ­racy and Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery Act — which has had dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on Zimbabwe’s econ­omy.

Mean­while, world lead­ers yes­ter­day con­grat­u­lated Mr Trump af­ter he was de­clared as the US Pres­i­dent-elect.

In his mes­sage, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said he hopes to work to­gether to lift Rus­sian-US re­la­tions out of the cur­rent cri­sis, re­solve is­sues on the in­ter­na­tional agenda and look for ef­fec­tive re­sponses to global se­cu­rity challenges.

He said he was con­fi­dent that Moscow and Wash­ing­ton could es­tab­lish a con­struc­tive di­a­logue based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, mu­tual re­spect, and gen­uine con­sid­er­a­tion for each other’s po­si­tions. This would be in the in­ter­ests of both peo­ples and of the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Mr Putin wished Mr Trump suc­cess in the high of­fice and re­spon­si­bil­ity of head of state.

Ugan­dan Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni said: “I con­grat­u­late Don­ald Trump upon his elec­tion as USA pres­i­dent. I look for­ward to work­ing with him like I’ve done with his pre­de­ces­sors.

Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli of Tan­za­nia added: “Con­grat­u­la­tion Pres­i­dent-Elect Don­ald Trump and the Peo­ple of Amer­ica. Tan­za­ni­ans and I as­sure you of con­tin­ued friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion.”

Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta also added his voice say­ing: “Kenya con­grat­u­lates Mr Trump for his vic­to­ri­ous cam­paign, and his main op­po­nent, Mrs Hil­lary Clin­ton, for her valiant ef­fort. The Amer­i­can peo­ple have spo­ken, and they have spo­ken clearly. They have cho­sen Don­ald Trump as their 45th Pres­i­dent”. See Com­ment on Page 4

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