Zim-US ties im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly

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RE­LA­TIONS be­tween Zim­babwe and the United States of Amer­ica have sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved fol­low­ing the com­ing in of the new dis­pen­sa­tion un­der Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter meet­ing US as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for State re­spon­si­ble for South­ern Africa Mr Matthew Har­ring­ton at his Mun­hu­mu­tapa Of­fices yes­ter­day, For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter Dr Sibu­siso Moyo said: “We have held very good dis­cus­sions bor­der­ing on our re­la­tions with the US and that there is clear man­i­fes­ta­tion of im­proved re­la­tions be­tween Zim­babwe and the United States.”

In his re­marks Mr Har­ring­ton said Zim­babwe had had op­por­tu­nity to do things dif­fer­ently fol­low­ing Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy launched last Novem­ber.

“I think there is a rare op­por­tu­nity for Zim­babwe to set it­self on a dif­fer­ent path. I am here to learn de­vel­op­ments since the events of Novem­ber and to ex­plore whether there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to strengthen our re­la­tion­ship so the Min­is­ter and my­self had a good dis­cus­sion. I have en­joyed my dis­cus­sion dur­ing the last cou­ple of days.

“There are dif­fer­ent groups that have come to visit be­cause I think there is no sub­sti­tute for hearing from ex­perts on the ground and that is why I am here. I have been in my role since Jan­uary. I am re­spon­si­ble for South­ern Africa affairs and I wanted my first trip to in­clude this stop in Harare.”

Af­ter the meet­ing, Dr Moyo also re­ceived a spe­cial en­voy from Turkey Dr Hasan Yavuz, who wanted to de­liver a spe­cial mes­sage to Pres­i­dent Mnanagwa on be­half of his Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing Dr Moyo, Turk­ish am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe Hakan Ki­vanc said: “We have hand de­liv­ered the mes­sage of our Pres­i­dent to the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe His Ex­cel­lency Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa, which in­clude the co­op­er­a­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion start­ing from kinder­garten to univer­sity.

“The school will be here. It will be es­tab­lished here and run by Turk­ish and Zim­bab­wean ad­min­is­tra­tors.

It is one of our du­ties to as­sist our friendly coun­tries.

Am­bas­sador Ki­vanc said Zim­babwe-Turk­ish re­la­tions were set to flour­ish in the near fu­ture.

He said trade was also go­ing to in­crease be­tween the two coun­tries and that Turk­ish com­pa­nies were ready to ven­ture into var­i­ous in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment projects in ar­eas such as road con­struc­tion, dams, air­ports, rail­way among oth­ers.

“We are so happy re­ally to be here and we are happy to in­crease our re­la­tion­ship in all field with­out any con­di­tion,” he said. A COU­PLE have lost cus­tody of their child af­ter us­ing a stuffed lion as their lawyer and claim­ing it spoke the word of God to them.

The lit­tle girl, now aged one, from Bri­tish Columbia, was re­moved from their care when she was just a month old and her par­ents can now only visit her dur­ing su­per­vised vis­its.

They re­port­edly re­fused for her to have any med­i­cal tests, in­clud­ing hearing tests, blood tests, eye drops and vac­ci­na­tions be­cause of “strong re­li­gious be­liefs”, a court heard.

The cou­ple ar­gued their rights were vi­o­lated and they had been dis­crim­i­nated against when a judge ruled their daugh­ter should be taken away from them.

Dur­ing the court case, they re­fused le­gal aid and used the stuffed an­i­mal as their lawyer, ar­gu­ing that Je­sus Christ was act­ing as their wit­ness and judge. Shortly af­ter the child’s birth, they were crim­i­nally charged with caus­ing a dis­tur­bance af­ter po­lice were called to a church where they were try­ing to “purge churches of de­monic in­flu­ences”.

Through­out the case they spoke “in tongues” and when they cross ex­am­ined wit­nesses, they said Je­sus was ask­ing ques­tions through them. The court was told that when the woman found out she was preg­nant, she told a so­cial worker that her hus­band had choked her to stop her cry­ing, tied her hands and mouth with tape and oc­ca­sion­ally beat her.

Her hus­band had grown up in a cult and be­lieved sex­ual re­la­tions be­tween chil­dren should be en­cour­aged, the court heard.

Shortly af­ter the child’s birth, they were crim­i­nally charged with caus­ing a dis­tur­bance af­ter po­lice were called to re­ports the cou­ple were at­tempt­ing to “purge churches of de­monic in­flu­ences.”

There were fur­ther con­cerns over vi­o­lence in the home and men­tal health, which were ex­ac­er­bated when the mother ap­plied to change the girl’s name to “Je­sus JoyOfTheLord” and change her own name to “Risen Lord Je­sus Re­fines­fire Christ”. Jus­tice Diane Mac­Don­ald ruled that they were not cred­i­ble and has placed the baby in con­tin­u­ing care, which can lead to chil­dren be­ing per­ma­nently adopted. — Ya­hoo

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