- Zimbabwe’s president returned to Equatorial Guinea in two months to cement commerce ties.
- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo gave president Emmerson Mnangagwa a mansion known as “Villa Zimbabwe.”
- Zimbabwe performed a key function in thwarting a 2004 coup in Malabo.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is now a home-owner in Equatorial Guinea after that nation’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, offered him with a villa, the state media in Zimbabwe reported.
Mnangagwa, 80, is on a three-day state go to to Equatorial Guinea, his second go to in two months, after attending President Nguema’s inauguration in December final yr.
Mnangagwa was the one southern African chief on the inauguration after Nguema received a controversial election with a 99% majority.
The totally furnished house with a gymnasium and full workers complement dubbed “Villa Zimbabwe” in Malabo, the capital, will completely be utilized by Mnangagwa each time he’s within the nation, the Herald reported.
Maxwell Ranga, Zimbabwe’s west African envoy, mentioned the house was a testomony to good relations between the 2 international locations.
Mnangagwa is in Malabo along with his international affairs minister, Frederick Shava, and finance minister, Mthuli Ncube, in addition to quite a few senior authorities officers.
Nguema was final in Zimbabwe in 2018 a yr after the coup that dislodged his long-time pal, the late Robert Mugabe.
In 2004, throughout Mugabe’s reign, authorities thwarted a staff of mercenaries led by Simon Mann and financed by Mark Thatcher, the previous British prime minister’s son, who have been on their option to execute a coup in Equatorial Guinea.
Since then, Zimbabwe has been a safety advisor to Nguema, who has since pardoned 64 mercenaries recruited in South Africa drawn from the apartheid-era particular forces 32 Battalion.
During the go to that ends on Thursday, the 2 leaders signed eight agreements, a few of them to do with cooperation in sectors resembling tourism, mining, and agriculture.
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