Zimbabwe Has Ditched American Consultancy Firms

Zimbabwe has ditched American consultancy firms engaged more than three years ago to help thaw diplomatic relations with the United States.

In 2019, the then Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo hired four lobbyists – BTP Advisers, Mercury International Limited, Ballard Partners and Avenue Strategies – paying them millions of dollars, according to The NewsHawks.

Frederick Shava, Moyo’s successor, has indicated that bilateral engagements between Zimbabwe and the United States will now be held at the government level. Shava told The NewsHawks:

Let me say from the onset that there have been a few consultancy companies who have come forward to offer their services to pose the two governments to talk to each other.

They have come and gone and let me say also that the best interaction between the United States and Zimbabwe is still government official channels and this is what we are encouraging. As Zimbabwe we are talking to Congress, we are talking members of the House of Representatives and recently as you probably followed Zimbabwe was invited to the second US-Africa Summit in Washington DC albeit at the level of minister of Foreign Affairs and we are still hoping that this warming up will improve and Zimbabwe will be invited at the level of the Head of State. I just want to say that the emphasis is now on the interactions between governments without third parties as much as possible.

Zimbabwe and America have endured a sower relationship since the millennium when the Western nation imposed sanctions (ZIDERA) on Zimbabwe following the fast-track land reform programme which was marred by human rights violations.

The American consultancy firms, which Zimbabwe has ditched, were expected to mend relations between the two nations as the southern African nation embarked on the diplomatic re-engagement drive.

But the move yielded little as Washington demanded more political governance reforms such as upholding the rule of law, respecting property rights and overhauling electoral laws.

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6 comments on “Zimbabwe Has Ditched American Consultancy Firms

    1. Whatever! Europeans have been here for centuries they still cannot speak or spell Shona or Ndebele words. To hell with English.

      1. Not true. Some can. In fact to the total embarrassment of the Shona, who being African and Black, can’t even say a word of Ndebele; one of their so-called off languages. And an African language, for that matter. I’m not even talking about those from outside Matebeleland. I’m talking about some in rural Matebeleland itself, like Lupane. Even Malawians, who don’t even have Ndebele or Zulu officially in their country can put to shame 99.99 percent of the Shona people.

  1. American lobbyst companies will even try to sell ice to the Eskimoes. Government was misguided, money spent on nothing. Now they are seeking to pay former white farmers large amount, way over what ever improvements they did was worth. What improvements really, a homestead, paths around the fields? The coup was futile.

    1. Same with the Shona with Ndebele. Them being African, not European, and the Ndebele language being, not only African, but also official.

  2. I echo same sentiments as per above. I find that mind set ridiculous and strange. Ndebele language is the largest minority ethnic and I wonder where we are heading to.

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