By Zvikomborero Machirori
Government has made a significant stride in the implementation of reform agenda as it plans re-admission into the Commonwealth said Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Fredrick Shava.
Speaking to journalist soon after meeting Commonwealth Secretariat delegation currently visiting Zimbabwe Minister Shava said that since the last Commonwealth Assessment Mission in July 2019 government has made significant stride.
The Commonwealth Secretariat delegation, led by the Assistant Secretary-General, Prof. Luis Franceschi, has been in Harare as from Saturday 12 November until Thursday, 17 November 2022.
The delegation’s visit is a part of the informal process of assessment regarding Zimbabwe’s request for re-admission into the Commonwealth.
The process of re-admission entails several rigorous steps that all countries wishing to join the Commonwealth must undertake and includes countries’ adherence to the values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.
“I am pleased to inform you that since the last Commonwealth Assessment Mission in July 2019 government has made significant strides in the implementation of our reform agenda, as well as in meeting the five expectations that are critical to our re-admission into the Commonwealth” said Minister Shava.
Minister Shava added that government has made tremendous strides in enhancing civil and political rights of its citizens.
“To date, government has made tremendous strikes in enhancing civil and political rights of its citizens.
“There has been tremendous progress in the alignment of laws to the Constitution. Suffice to note that statutes that relate to human rights are being given priority in this progress” he added.
Minister Shava also said that Zimbabwe’s wish to re-join the Commonwealth is premised on to play a meaningful role in the community of nations.
“Let me conclude by underscoring that Zimbabwe’s wish to re-join the Commonwealth is premised on our desire to play a meaningful role in the community of nations, open new frontiers of growth and development, and rekindle relationships with erstwhile friends” he said.