Harare – Botswana’s government is reportedly set to “fix strained relations” with Zimbabwe once the current engagements between the two nations foreign affairs ministers are completed.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the two countries were set to “sign various memoranda of understanding in the coming few months”.
This came as Botswana’s minister of international affairs and co-operation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi “conveyed a congratulatory message” to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his official offices in Harare this week.
Venson-Moitoithat said that the two neighbouring countries were going to work together in areas of co-operation after years of strained relations under former president Robert Mugabe.
“…I will be discussing with my colleague the foreign affairs minister and we will be discussing a lot of memoranda of understanding between our two countries that we have to speed up and exchange in the next few months,” Venson-Moitoi was quoted as saying.
The two countries had had strained relations for years, with Botswana President Ian Khama said to be one of the loud critics of Mugabe.
“They [Zimbabweans] have got plenty of good people there who have got good leadership qualities who could take over,” Khama was quoted as saying at the time.