Former British Prime Minister Antony Blair who now runs an institute that promotes good governance in Africa while in an interview with CNBC Africa took the time to explain the animosity between Harare and London during the days he was the British Prime Minister.
Blair was specifically asked how acrimonious his relationship with Zimbabwe was and in response, he said he was happy to speak to President Mnangagwa:
I think acrimonious was probably an understatement! I am happy to speak to Mnangagwa, but these things are best done in a private way. I was actually thinking about Zimbabwe the other day. I think, at certain points, there were misunderstandings, not genuine disagreements. If Zimbabwe were to get its act together it would be an exciting place to be.
Blair went on to urge Zimbabwe to reform so that it can become a player in the continent again and said:
Zimbabwe I hope the new leadership there will take the necessary measure and reforms because Zimbabwe is a very wealthy country and I meet Zimbabweans around the world and they are a very talented people. I want the government to succeed, it really is what has to be done. I do think it is what needs to happened there not just opening up political space, but also economic reforms to take the country to a boom. If the government there showed real commitment or reform, it would help in the future because we need Zimbabwe back as a player in the continent.
Calls to implement political and economic reforms in Zimbabwe have been made by various international organisations. The government is yet to implement some of the reforms and have offered no explanation on why it is taking so much time to implement the reforms and unlock international aid and funds.
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