By Kuda Bwititi
President Mnangagwa yesterday returned home from a two-day official visit to Botswana with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Lieutenant-General Sibusisio Moyo (Retired) describing the mission as highly successful after the two countries agreed to upgrade their cooperation to a Bi-National Commission.
On arrival at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport yesterday, President Mnangagwa was welcomed by Vice Presidents General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) and Kembo Mohadi, service chiefs and senior Government officials.
During the visit, President Mnangagwa had a hectic schedule in which he held bi-lateral talks with his host, Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
He also addressed Botswana’s National Assembly, held an interactive session with Zimbabwean professions living in Botswana, attended the Botswana-Zimbabwe Business seminar and toured the Diamond Trading Centre in Gaborone.
In an interview soon after arriving at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Minister Moyo said: “This visit was a dual visit which coincided with a Joint Commission between Botswana and Zimbabwe. This Joint Commission was significant because it resuscitated the relationships that had remained in a comatose for many years, seven years, because of various other issues.
“So we managed to rescue it out of where it was and there is oomph and drive from both sides to ensure that the original objectives from the original Joint Commission are achieved.”
“The JPC also made a recommendation that the quality of relations between the countries be upgraded to a level of the Heads of States and that’s why the two Heads of States agreed that it should be a Bi-National Commission which should get all the Ministers and under the direct supervision of the Heads of States whenever these sessions take place.”
Minister Moyo said the visit also resulted in several breakthrough agreements that will be followed up by the 11 Cabinet Ministers who were part of the delegation.