Zambia Reacts To Mnangagwa’s Allegations Of US Funding For Zimbabwe’s Security

In response to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent remarks suggesting heavy US funding for Zimbabwe’s security sector, Zambia announces engagement with Zimbabwean authorities.

Mnangagwa, captured in a video conversation with Russian President Vladmir Putin, expressed a desire for strong Russian support, citing perceived abandonment by Western nations. Cornelius Mweetwa, Zambia’s Information and Media minister, underscores the nations’ historical ties and expresses the Foreign Affairs ministry’s ongoing dialogue with Harare.

Mweetwa emphasizes discretion in handling the matter, stating, “These matters are not for media consumption.” Mnangagwa’s remarks implied a strategic shift in Western support from Zimbabwe to Zambia, leading Zimbabwe to seek closer ties with Russia.

Tensions between Zimbabwe and Zambia heightened following Zambia’s recent presidential election, won by Hakainde Hichilema. The diplomatic strain intensified when Nevers Mumba, head of the Sadc Electoral Observer Mission to Zimbabwe, criticized the fairness of Zimbabwe’s August 23, 2023 elections.

This report drew ire from some Zanu PF members, escalating tensions between the two nations. Hichilema’s close ties with Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa further complicated relations.

Despite historically cordial ties dating back to the liberation war era, recent political shifts have strained Zimbabwe-Zambia relations, marking a departure from their shared struggle for independence under the leadership of Kenneth Kaunda.

As both nations navigate this diplomatic challenge, the region watches closely for developments that could impact stability and cooperation in Southern Africa. *Nhau/Indaba*

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