UK optimistic over Zim future, but wants a 'free,fair vote'

2018-03-01 16:00
Boris Johnson. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

Boris Johnson. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

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London – Britain's foreign affairs minister Boris Johnson has reportedly expressed optimism over Zimbabwe's political future but has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to deliver "a free and fair election".

Writing on his Twitter page this week, Johnson said that he was delighted to welcome Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa in London.

See his tweet below.

Chinamasa was in London, leading a Zimbabwean delegation for engagement under Mnangagwa’s new theme: "Zimbabwe is open for business."

Following Johnson's tweet, opposition leader David Coltart challenged the UK minister to also listen to the voices of the people on the ground, according to a Daily News report. 

Coltart said that the condition for a fair vote were not yet met and the country's constitution was "flagrantly violated".

There were indications the two countries would soon mend their ties following recent intervention by Queen Elizabeth II. 

Boris Johnson's tweet 

Good to welcome Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe’s Special Envoy to the UK, to @ForeignOffice today. Great hope and optimism for Zimbabwe’s future, we discussed need for free & fair elections this year & opportunities ahead of us pic.twitter.com/0i7HzbnifU

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 26, 2018

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