President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been congratulated by African elderly statesman former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo for a peaceful political transition in Zimbabwe and for President Mnangagwa’s attendance of the Extraordinary Summit of the African Free trade Area.

Mr Obasanjo was speaking during a Business Forum that is being held at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda on the eve of the launch of the Continental Free Trade Area tomorrow.

“President of Zimbabwe, I want to give you a double congratulation. I want to congratulate you for the way you carried out the transition in your country. You have told the world that your country is moving on, please keep the country moving on. And of course I also want to congratulate you for being here,” said Mr Obasanjo.

During the Business Forum, President Mnangagwa responded to a number of questions including role of civil society in shaping government policies and the economy.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa responds to questions at a Business Forum in Kigali

“We must all in my view accept that we have a role to play and that to do so they must continuously be a platform where we exchange views, dialogue and agree on the road map to move forward. The African Continental Free Trade Area that we may sign tomorrow is a landmark development in bringing together all the 55 African countries to participate in a market of about US$1.2 billion.

“We have Africa which requires clean water and I have no doubt that Africa as continent has the capacity to provide clean water for our people. Africa needs food security, I have no doubt that Africa working together and cooperating we have the capacity to secure and guarantee food security.

“But to achieve this, we need cooperation and dialogue and continuously conscientising our people, our nations to say together we can succeed.

“Civil society has a role to play, yes sometimes they offend governments by pointing out the wrongs that governments do but it is necessary that those are pointed out for us, if we have to remain in power we must continuously correct the things that are said we are doing wrong and we will remain ruling and ruling for more years,” said President Mnangagwa.

Ministers attending the Business Forum. From left Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo, Dr Mike Bimha and Dr Joram Gumbo

President Mnangagwa also spoke about the importance of having an attractive business environment and the sovereignty of states.