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Commonwealth Admits Gabon And Togo As Its 55th And 56th Members

Commonwealth Admits Gabon And Togo As Its 55th And 56th Members

The Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting which ended in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday admitted two former French colonies, Gabon and Togo as its 55th and 56th members.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s bid to be re-admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations appears to have flopped after the economic bloc as the meeting ended with silence on Zimbabwe’s re-admission bid.

Zimbabwe had a heavy presence as it continued to lobby for re-admission 18 years after the late former President Robert Mugabe withdrew the country from the group in 2003.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government applied on May 15, 2018, to re-join the grouping, a year after Mugabe’s ouster.

But the group has perennially cited human rights abuses and lack of rule of law as stumbling blocks for Zimbabwe’s re-admission.

Togo and Gabon’s admission was based on the assessment of several standards such as the democratic process, good governance and rule of law.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said the Commonwealth snub was a direct indication that the new dispensation was reminiscent of the Mugabe regime. Saungweme told NewsDay:

It’s a confirmation of the obvious, that the Mnangagwa regime has not changed. It’s a mere extension of Mugabe’s regime, albeit with more brazen human rights violations, lack of political sophistry and obscene looting of resources and corruption.

So whatever the Commonwealth stands for and whatever standards that saw Zimbabwe being kicked out, nothing has changed for the better to warrant a rethink. So the failure of readmission pours cold water on Mnangagwa’s re-engagement efforts.

Political analyst Methuseli Moyo said the decision spotlighted Zimbabwe negatively on the global stage and is a setback for President Mnangagwa’s administration, which has sought to portray itself as new and different from former President Mugabe’s regime.

He added that the opposition and government critics will feel vindicated on their stance that Zimbabwe is undemocratic and poorly governed.

Last week, Foreign Affairs and International Trade deputy minister David Musabayana said the government would not be worried if their bid for readmission was turned down.

Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson Livit Mugejo said the government had not yet failed as their application was still in the first phase of readmission.

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10 Comments

Asalif 1 month ago

it's barely 2 days he was lambasting the western countries but now sealing re-admission in CHOGM do you think they don't listen to your speech


Genius 1 month ago

They are always shooting themselves in the foot by uttering nonsense like a drunk village ****

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Zimbabwe is still kilometres away from being readmitted into the Commonwealth Grouping. It has a very poor Human Rights record and no rule of law. How/Why does ZANU PF seek readmission into the Commonwealth Grouping membership when its captured ZRP ban opposition political parties from holding rallies for flimsy reasons and their supporters kill supporters of other political parties at rallies. Most recent one is the Mboweni Ncube's murder in Kwekwe where 5 ZANU PF supporters are on bail. In the 26 March byelections Police banned opposition political party CCC from holding rallies at 5 centres on flimsy reasons. No international grouping likes to be associated with Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe must spruce its record before, during and after the Harmonised Elections. ZANU PF leadership must stop threatening citizens and other political parties.

HOW ABOUT JOINING RUSSIAN AND CHINESE GROUPINGS ?

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


MuPfungwe Chaiye 1 month ago

"Joining Russia and China" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Hatitodiwi ikoko pane zvatunenge tuchida tumaChina utwu twonyebedzera kutida

Mmmm 1 month ago

Smith was better.


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Zimbabwe is still kilometres away from being readmitted into the Commonwealth Grouping because it has poor Human Rights record and poor rule of law record. Zimbabwe bans other political parties from campeigning like what happened in the 26 March byelections where Police banned 5 CCC rallies on **** reasons. ZANU PF supporters still kill supporters of other political parties at rallies. The case which comes to mind is Mboweni Ncube's murder case which occurred in Mbizo, in Kwekwe. Five of its supporters are on remand. ZANU PF must spruce its face before, during and after the Harmonised Elections in 2023.

JOIN RUSSIAN AND CHINESE GROUPINGS.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


Zim 1 month ago

Zimbabwe is not just kilometers aways it's static. No any hope as yet


Tkt 1 month ago

Whether readmitted or not, Zim must now focus on growing its economy.
There are alot of things Zim can do & I tell you we thought of being friends with everyone but now we are not going to worry about anyone come post2023.
Mark my Words ZANU-PF is going to win the Election and never will it mind the nons*nee to come out of haters!
VIIIVA ZANU-PF VI-IIVA


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NO TO VIOLATORS OF HUMAN RIGHTS 1 month ago

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Commonwealth my **s 1 month ago

tamirira one party state chete



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