'Peaceful' Zimbabwe election in 4-5 months: president

Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu on 19 November 2017

Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa continues with diplomatic blitz with trip to Namibia

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that the two countries need to raise their level of cooperation, anchored on a partnership that produces results.

Now the 75-year-old is under pressure to deliver on the economy and show that he is breaking with the policies of Mr Mugabe, whose 37-year rule since independence in 1980 turned a promising country into an economic disaster zone. Voting for the presidency, parliament, and local government will be peaceful, Mnangagwa said.

The state-run Herald newspaper quoted Mnangagwa on Thursday as saying "Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months' time" while on a visit to neighboring Mozambique.

Mnangagwa, who also replaced Mugabe as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party, said Zimbabwe is willing to work with foreign partners in rebuilding the economy while efforting better relations with the worldwide community.

He said free and fair polls were critical in repositioning Zimbabwe as a democratic state within the global system.

Mnangagwa was sworn-in in November previous year and has vowed to fight corruption, protect foreign investment and create jobs to help re-build the troubled economy.

Donald Trump Is The Same Height, Weight As This NFL Quarterback
Trump scored a flawless 30/30 on the test, according to Jackson, with 'no indication that [ Trump ] has cognitive issues'. Jackson also faced questions on whether Trump had dementia , OCD, diabetes , dentures, or heart problems.

At home, he is reaching out through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, forums scorned by Mugabe, and has visited the country's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

MOZAMBIQUE and Zimbabwe today expressed plans to strengthen bilateral cooperation in political, economic and diplomatic areas.

Under the constitution, Zimbabwe should hold elections between July 22 and August 22 but parliament can elect to dissolve itself, triggering an early vote.

Relations between the two countries went sour in 2000 when former President Robert Mugabe's government seized white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks in a drive often marked by violence.

Resolving the land issue could unlock foreign investment in agriculture and help mend ties between Harare and the West.

Latest News