Zimbabwe applies to re-join Commonwealth
HARARE (AltAfrica) – The President of Zibabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially applied for Zimbabwe to re-join the Commonwealth it left in 2003. Under the leadership of Robert Mugabe, Zibabwe formally quit Commonwealth when the organisation critized the nation over disputed election and land seizures from white farmers. The Ousted president led his country out of the 53-nation grouping 15 years ago, calling the Commonwealth an evil organisation.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a statement that Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe after a de facto army coup in November, made the application on May 15. “Zimbabwe’s eventual return to the Commonwealth, following a successful membership application, would be a momentous occasion, given our shared rich history,” Scotland said
Britain strongly supports Zimbabwe’s return to the Commonwealth, where it will benefit economically and politically by being back in the most significant grouping of small nations.
Zibabwe will be condcting an election at the end of this month. The elections are perceived as a litmust test of Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials and if agreed by Western powers, international lenders could begin lending to the country for the first time in 20 years.