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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says no capacity to fund diaspora vote

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says no capacity to fund diaspora vote Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says no capacity to fund diaspora vote
Stacy Diaz | 21 January, 2018, 02:57

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

While in Angola last week, he briefed President Joao Lourenco about the transition in Zimbabwe and assured him that the government would take care of former President Robert Mugabe, who resigned after the military action was bolstered by public demonstrations and parliamentary proceedings to impeach him.

The election will be the first time since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 that Mugabe's name will not appear on the ballot. Voting for the presidency, parliament, and local government will be peaceful, Mnangagwa said.

A report by the state-owned Herald newspaper on Tuesday quoted Mnangagwa, who spoke on the sidelines of his state visit to Namibia this week, as saying that millions of looted funds were being returned.

"We want fair, free, credible elections", he told British business newspaper the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.

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

Mnangagwa faces huge economic challenges in once-prosperous Zimbabwe, such as severe cash shortages and dramatic price increases of food and other household items. In 2016, the country ranked 154th out of 176 countries on Transparency International's 2016 Corruption Perception Index.

"Our countries must continue to work together to advance the path of progress", said Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. "We have solid and incontrovertible evidence pointing to the fact that thousands of army officers in civilian attire have been deployed into the countryside for the purposes of carrying out clandestine political campaigns on behalf of ZANU-PF", a MDC statement said.

That would be ahead of the timeframe stipulated in the constitution, which says elections should be between July 23 and August 21.

Western countries imposed harsh sanctions on Zimbabwe over land seizures from white farmers and alleged vote-rigging under Mugabe.