‘Huge op­por­tu­ni­ties for Zim­babwe to progress’

African Times - - News - NEIL FER­GU­SON

UNITED King­dom (UK) Min­is­ter for Africa, Rory Ste­wart, is con­fi­dent Zim­babwe’s vast hu­man cap­i­tal, ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards and teem­ing re­sources could pro­pel the coun­try to great­ness with a new ad­min­is­tra­tion now in place.

Ste­wart was speak­ing upon his re­turn to the UK from Zim­babwe where he had vis­ited days af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of long-time ruler, Robert Mu­gabe.

He wit­nessed the historic swear­ing-in of Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa in Harare last Fri­day.

Ste­wart said there could be an op­por­tu­nity for Zim­babwe to progress. “So I went to lis­ten and to learn,” he said.

He de­scribed the former Bri­tish colony as one of the wealth­i­est coun­tries in Africa. “It has in­cred­i­ble hu­man po­ten­tial, a very ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion and fan­tas­tic nat­u­ral re­sources but it is a coun­try which has suf­fered ter­ri­bly,” the min­is­ter said. “If we’re pa­tient and if we’re care­ful, this can be a moment of change where Zim­babwe be­comes the coun­try its peo­ple and its many in­ter­na­tional friends want it to be.”

In Zim­babwe, Ste­wart met Mnan­gagwa and op­po­si­tion lead­ers, Joice Mu­juru and Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai.

The Min­is­ter also met Zim­bab­wean civil so­ci­ety and hu­man rights groups. – APA / CAJ News

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