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Rwanda To Lobby For Lifting Sanctions Imposed on Zimbabwe

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Rwanda and Zimbabwe have taken their new found love to a whole advanced level and seemingly keeping in the 2019 lane they described as ‘Together we Prosper’.

Zimbabwe is now seeking Rwanda’s intervention is negotiating for the lifting of sanctions imposed on the southern Africa nation.

There is consensus among Western states that the fundamental objective of sanctions slapped on Zimbabwe aim at restoring democracy and normalcy as according to the Western modern standards of democracy.

However, the Zimbabweans perceive the use of economic sanctions as an illegal tool meant to destabilize their internal political affairs (particularly the land reform exercise) and a serious contravention of the principle of non-interference in political internal matters as they have caused a challenge on the Zimbabwe’s sovereignty.

Between 2000 and 2003, Zimbabwe received a set of sanctions mainly from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the European Union. These issues include widespread reports of political and election violence, alleged human rights abuses, violation of property ownership rights and disrespect for rule of law.

Such a bond of sanctions, require that Zimbabwe embarks on an aggressive lobby through countries or organisations and persons of global influence to give weight to the Zimbabwean case.

President Paul Kagame and the Rwanda Patriotic Front political organisation definitely have a gigantic international appeal and or influence that if well taped into by the Zimbabweans could yield positively.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Rwanda Patriotic Front party (RPF) have been lubricating their cooperation as evidenced from the back and forth interactions both publicly or behind closed doors. Political analysts suspect this cooperation is cooking something big.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda shares a light moment with President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe

On Wednesday, Zimbabwean Ambassador to Rwanda Prof. Charity Manyeruke met François Ngarambe the Secretary General of RPF at the party headquarters in Rusororo. Their discussions focused on state-to-state cooperation and ties between the two ruling parties.

“I have been asked to convey thanks on behalf of my party leaders to President Paul Kagame, the RPF Chairman for his continued advocacy for the international sanctions against Zimbabwe to be lifted. It speaks to African solidarity espoused by the RPF Chairman,” Prof. Manyeruke said.

The two countries and their ruling parties have intensified their contact, and according Prof. Manyeruke, “So far, we have signed six bilateral agreements in different areas of cooperation with more to follow. I promise to do my best during my tenure to advance these ties.”

In his submission, Ngarambe said, “It is also important that our two countries continue to deepen the south-to-south ties in the general spirit of the liberation struggle of the African people.”

On October 5, 2018, a high profile delegation of Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF flew to Rwanda’s capital Kigali to court a new found friend in Rwanda Patriotic Front party (RPF).

The Zimbabweans wanted to know how the RPF-led government works and possibly pick on the best practices that have propelled Rwanda to its envious status especially on the eased doing business, gender parity, security and efficiency.

Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has been the ruling party in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

The climax of this was when President Emmerson Mnangagwa flew to Kigali to attend the Rwanda Liberation Day celebrations in 2019.

Mnangagwa was accompanied by  his foreign affairs Minister, International Trade Minister and other senior government officials… this showed how important Rwanda is in the lenses of a new Zimbabwe.

The growing love affair between the two countries is a stark contrast of their past relations which were  almost unfixable.

Rwandan genocide fugitives have been hiding in Zimbabwe for decades including Protais Mpiranya, the former commander of the presidential guard of the Rwandan army. Mpiranya with a U$5million bounty on his head had been second on the wanted list before the arrest of Félicien Kabuga.

Rwanda and Zimbabwe have since signed an agreement on legal cooperation on criminal matters.

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About 88 people have been intercepted at a wedding reception convened at Green Mountain Biking Garden in Nyamirambo a suburb in the capital Kigali.

According to details, the wedding was of a couple identified as Buregeya Saidi Codo (34 yrs) and Nyampundu Thausie.

Other details showed that apart from the bride and groom, the rest of the group did not test for COVID-19 as prerequisite for attending such an event. This is in addition to violation of physical and social distancing guidelines on COVID-19.

As the norm, all the people that have been at the wedding event will spend the whole night at Amahoro Stadium and will be subjected to other procedures.

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The government of the Republic of Zambia has declared 21 days of mourning to honour the life of former President Kenneth Kaunda who died Thursday.

According to the Secretary to the Cabinet and Principal Private Secretary to the president Simon Miti said Dr Kaunda died peacefully at 14:30 hours at the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka, just three years short of a century at 97 years.

Dr Kaunda was Born on April 28, 1924.

President Edgar Lungu said during the period of mourning, all activities of entertainment nature will be suspended and all flags will fly at half-mast.

He said through Cabinet Office, Government will guide the public on details of the funeral and burial programme for the fallen former head of State, taking into consideration the COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.

President Lungu has since sent his condolences to the family of Dr Kaunda on behalf of Government and Zambians.

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga, a former diplomat in Dr Kaunda’s government for many years, said he will remember the former President for his passionate commitment to liberate the continent from colonialism.

“His contribution to Zambia, Africa and the world was huge and was regarded larger than life. He mentored and gave me opportunities at a young age of 21 years,” Mr Mwaanga said in a statement.

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The International Criminal Court officially has a new Prosecutor that begun working on Wednesday after taking oath at a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will serve as Prosecutor for a period of nine years.

“I solemnly undertake that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously, and that I will respect the confidentiality of investigations and prosecutions,” Khan declared.

Khan then signed his oath before the ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, and delivered his first remarks as the Prosecutor of the ICC.

“The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday”, stated Prosecutor Khan.

“I am truly and sincerely humbled at my opportunity to serve, and the responsibilities that have been entrusted in me. I will do my outmost to discharge those responsibilities without fear or favour, faithfully and with integrity, and in full conformity with solemn declaration that I have just given”, he added.

Subject to provisions of Article 45 of the Rome Statute, founding treaty of the ICC, the ceremony was held in open court.

The ceremony was presided over by ICC President, Judge Piotr Hofmański.

“While Judges are the ones who ultimately decide on the verdict in each case, it is also true that those cases would never reach the judges without the Prosecutor’s decision to bring them to court,” President Hofmański noted.

He also said that It is the Prosecutor who is responsible for the way in which preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions are conducted, and how evidence for the prosecution is selected and presented.

“On behalf of the Court, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC. As President of the Court, I look forward to working with him to strengthen our joint institution”, he added.

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