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The Herald

Nduduzo Tshuma in Entebbe, Uganda

Zimbabwe seeks to expand cooperation with African countries in advancing continental interests and growth, said President Mnangagwa.

The Head of State and Government, who was here as a special guest during Uganda's 57th Independence Day today, brought together African countries to unite and develop the continent.

The president returned emotionally to Entebbe, where he traveled to Egypt for military training in 1963.

A dinner was held in his honor by his host President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

"We have come here to show our appreciation with the desire to expand our cooperation. We are fully aware that the role of our founding fathers is to liberate Africa, to achieve political freedom, but today we now have a duty as the current crop of leadership in Africa to develop our country, improve the standard of living of our people, trade among ourselves, grow our industry and modernize all aspects of our lives, "said President Mnangagwa.

"To do this, we must share each of our resources and knowledge."

Earlier, the President said Uganda's independence inspired South African countries to fight for the right to self-determination.

"May I mention that your own independence was a big inspiration for us in South Africa in the early 1960s.

"We are inspired by the independence of countries in East Africa, we believe that it will be possible for us also in South Africa to be independent and indeed

East Africa is the basis of the struggle waged.

"You can talk about Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa or Angola, we are all here and indeed some members of my Cabinet are products of Makerere University, so you have contributed greatly to the development of South Africa materially and intellectually," said President Mnangagwa to his colleague President Yoweri Museveni.

President Mnangagwa said he was honored by the invitation given to him by President Museveni to be a special guest at the celebration.

"I told His Majesty that I was last here in 1963, it was the year I came to Entebbe on a trip for military training, I can't remember anything but I know I passed here at Entebbe, this is great, congratulations on what you have achieved, "said President Mnangagwa.

President Museveni thanked President Mnangagwa for honoring his invitation.

"Africans are one. When our brothers and sisters from South Africa, when they come here, they will go home and when you go there, you will also go home, "he said.

Meanwhile, the President arrived here yesterday at 6 pm local time and was received at Entebbe Airport, 41 kilometers from the capital of Kampala, by Uganda's Foreign Minister Bpk. Sam Kutesa, Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Kenya and Uganda Mrs. Winpeg Moyo and Chief Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of International Trade Lovemore Mazemo.

President Mnangagwa was welcomed at the State Building by President Museveni.

He was honored by saluting 21 rifles before examining an Honorary Guard installed by the Ugandan People's Defense Force and the Ugandan Police.


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