The Zimbabwean government has reportedly sought the help of the Malaysian government in its bid to be readmitted into the commonwealth, The Zimbabwe Independent reports.
According to the publication, Foreign Minister SB Moyo wrote to Malaysian Authorities seeking the Asian nation’s authorities asking that they intervene and put forward a bid that Zimbabwe be readmitted into the commonwealth countries at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) to be held in June.
Moyo ‘s letter to Malaysia reads in part:
We know the Commonwealth membership does not bring with it trade deals, or increased investment flows at least not directly. But the organisation stands as a symbol of global engagement, a set of standards, and a demonstration of a country’s commitment to continue its path of fundamental reform,
For Zimbabwe, this road to root-and-branch reform began with the election of President Mnangagwa and the government in which I serve, in July 2018. Important gains were made in that contest: the highest election turn-out in Zimbabwean history, with a markedly improved pre-election environment, where all parties were able to campaign freely according to the Commonwealth Election Observer Group which included the green energy entrepreneur and barrister and advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Mary-Ann Ooi Suan Kim.
Building on this democratic mandate, Zimbabwe is pursuing a programme of deep and critical policy and structural reforms to re-build our country after decades of isolation. These comprehensive changes will enable the country to boost bilateral Zimbabwe-Malaysia, and Zimbabwe-Commonwealth co-operation and trade.
Moyo reportedly wrote another letter to Australia a couple of weeks before he wrote another letter to Malaysia with the same request.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent