By Daniel Chigundu
Newly appointed President of theZimbabwe Republic of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government is ready to engage with any country in the world for the good if the people of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe suffered in the past years owing to its look east policy that resulted in the country being isolated by the much needed potential investors.
In is speech at the inauguration ceremony, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe has realised that isolation is not beneficial or excellent for any country.
“…we stand ready for engagement with all nations of the world, and we ask those nations that have punished us in the past to forgive us and remove the sanctions. Isolation has never been excellent,” said Mnangagwa.
The new first Secretary of Zanu PF also added that his government is ready to compensate white farmers who lost land during the unpopular land distribution exercise adding that “the world must realise that the land reform was inevitable and is also irreversible.
“Reversing the land program will be a betrayal of the liberation struggle but we will compansate in accordance to the laws of the country,” he said.
According to theanalyst Zimbabwe laws, Government will only compansate for development done on the farms and not land.
Government embarked on the land exercise in late 90s where it was seeking to redress colonial injustices, however the program became violent resulting in some farmers losing their lives and property.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of President Mnangagwa was attended by both sitting and retired Heads of States that includes Ian Khama of Botswana, filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, Sam Nujoma and Pohamba.
Opposition politicians such as Morgan Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru, Nelson Chamisa and Arthur Mutambara alsi graced the historic event