Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will kick off the new year by travelling to five countries in a bid to attract foreign investment, his spokesperson, George Charamba, says. Charamba told state media on Wednesday that Mnangagwa will travel to Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan next week and will also attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later in January. “The whole idea is to put Zimbabwe firmly on the map so we leave behind us the dark days when we were perceived as a pariah state. In all our interactions, we are putting in the forefront the need to attract and secure investments as well as co-operation in order to grow and transform our economy,” the Herald newspaper quoted Charamba as saying. However Mnangagwa’s whirlwind tour comes at a time when citizens are most burdened by the worsening economic environment.

Mnangagwa won the July 30 elections in 2018 on the back of a promise to transform the economy after years of ruin by former ruler Ro...

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