HARARE, 5 April 2021 – The Zimbabwean government says the country is on course to rejoin the Commonwealth of Nations.
Harare feels confident that it will be able to do so in time to be part of the organization’s next global jamboree – its next summit – scheduled to hold in Kigali, Rwanda.
The organization brings together 54 former British colonies and other countries that share the values of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Zimbabwe’s application is now undergoing consultations among the grouping’s 54 member states, a Zimbabwean official told reporters Monday.
The application is in the second stage of a four-step process to rejoin, according to Constance Chemwayi, a spokesperson for the Zimbabwean foreign affairs ministry cited Monday by The Herald daily.
Commonwealth decisions are made on a consensus basis, meaning that every member country will have a say in whether or not Zimbabwe wins readmission.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a big supporter of the effort to get the southern African country back into the club.
Mnangagwa wrote in May 2018 to Commonwealth Secretary-General, expressing Zimbabwe’s willingness to rejoin after nearly two decades of estrangement. Zimbabwe was thrown out of the Gentlemen’s Club, as the organization is often referred to, in 2003 during the heat of the land reforms and controversial land seizures by the administration of the late Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe was also accused of violating human rights and other Commonwealth principles committing to democracy and human dignity.