From right: President Mnangagwa, French ambassador Laurrent Chevallier and Minister Ezra Chadzamira
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged government officials to treat well white investors saying the country needs more from them.
Mnangagwa was speaking during the launch of the French Development Agency (FDA) partnership with the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe at the Great Zimbabwe monuments World Heritage Site in Masvingo recently.
The French Development Agency has released three million Euros towards the development of the World Heritage Site. Said Mnangagwa:
We want to develop here with the money we are going to continuously get. I was telling Kazembe Kazembe (Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage) that they should treat these whites well so that more money will come and we can build more infrastructure here like hotels among other things.
He, however, reiterated what had been said by his deputy Constantino Chiwenga who had said that whites stole treasures from the heritage site but were now returning the money through funding programmes. He said:
They have brought three million Euros. Chiwenga said the Germans and the Queen’s sons came here and stole from us, now the money is coming back and the three million is part of it.
Mnangagwa said the partnership between the French Development Agency and NNMZ will contribute to Zimbabwe’s tourism recovery and growth targets.
Under the partnership, the FDA will help NMMZ in developing infrastructure at the heritage site, documentation of history, promoting local and foreign tourism as well as local people’s involvement.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the French ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurrent Chevallier.