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Zimbabweans Living in Diaspora Unlikely to Return Home Soon

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE - Zimbabweans fill out application forms outside Immigration offices in Johannesburg.

FILE - Zimbabweans fill out application forms outside Immigration offices in Johannesburg.

Some Zimbabweans living outside the country say it is unlikely that most of them will go back home soon due to the current harsh social, economic and political environment in Zimbabwe.

They argue that the government has not even drafted a plan of action for constructive engagement with its citizens living in the diaspora. On the other hand, some Zimbabweans living in South Africa and other nations drafted a diaspora engagement document, which is currently gathering dust in Harare.

Suggestions were made in the document for the government to observe the rule of law and allow its citizens in the diaspora to vote in national elections, among many other issues. In turn, Zimbabweans living outside the country were expected to help in reviving the nation’s economy.

For perspective, Studio 7’s Gibbs Dube spoke with human rights activist Daniel Molokele and Zanu PF Central Committee member, Joseph Tshuma.

Molokele said Zanu PF is blocking any form of constructive engagement with the government.

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