ED seeks arms from Russia
By Kundai Maponga
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has stretched its arms to Russia for military and agricultural development.
Speaking soon after presenting his papers of credence the new Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Nikolai Vladimirovich Krasilnkov said the two countries had close ties which will allow them to focus on various economic sectors and military development.
“Russia and Zimbabwe have very close and deep rooted bilateral relations…at the moment we are concentrating on mining, agriculture, transport and military technical cooperation,” Krasilnkov said.
President Mnangagwa who was in Russia last week attending the Russia Africa summit, received 10 new ambassadors at his official state residency.
Mnangagwa accepted papers from ambassadors from Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Norway, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Finland, Angola and the United Nations.
The ambassadors had a chance to explain their foreign policies to President Mnangagwa with discussions areas focusing on areas were Zimbabwe needs help in development, especially in agriculture, mining, trade, tourism, transport sector.
The Finish ambassador to Zimbabwe Pirjo Kaisa Suomela Chowdhury, said talk was on the reforms which President Mnangagwa’s government has to implement to ensure a democratic space.
“I had an excellence discussion with the President (Mnangagwa)…I mentioned about the reforms that how important it is now for Zimbabwe to implement the political and economic reforms,” Chowdhury said.
Since he came into office, President Mnangagwa has been pushing the mantra ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’ which has however been dented by a rugged political terrain, and alleged abuse of human rights which has been blamed of scaring investors.