WATCH: Zim leader Mnangagwa 'offers Donald Trump land to build state of the art golf course' – report

2018-09-26 06:12
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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly disclosed that he offered President Donald Trump a piece of land in Victoria Falls to build a state of the art golf course.

According to NewsDay, Mnangagwa revealed his offer to Trump at the Zimbabwe’s Investors Forum  in New York on Monday.

"When I was in Davos I met staffers from the Trump administration. I had hoped to meet President Trump but I had to leave before he arrived. But I told his people that if president Trump wishes, I will offer him ground in Victoria Falls in the national park.

"We have wildlife national park in Victoria Falls, but I had offered president Trump ground to build a state-of-the-art golf course so that as he plays, he can be able to see the big five," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

It appeared the land offer to Trump was part of Mnangagwa’s administration at normalising relations between the two countries, the report said.

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The two countries have had a huge fallout after the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe in 2000, as they accused ex-president Robert Mugabe of trampling on human rights, rigging elections and repression of press freedom - accusations that the nonagenarian denied. 

The sanctions led to devastating economic challenges, with the country reportedly now sitting with about 85% unemployment.

According to Daily News, Trump – billionaire president – owned at least 19 pristine and private golf courses around the world.

Trump’s business empire was influential across the world, said the report.

Mnangagwa was expected to give his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

He has also met with Zimbabweans in the diaspora and has given interviews to international media outlets that included CNN.

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