Chinamasa said this on Tuesday during at a conference in London. He was responding to a question if Harare had abandoned its violence as a way to assure investors that Zimbabwe was indeed â€œopen for businessâ€ as he has been claiming off late.
The minister said it was not proper to keep dwelling on the past, claiming that Harare had since â€œmoved onâ€ and was focusing on â€œrecapturing our relations with the UKâ€.
He said: â€œLetâ€™s not remain in the past. We cannot move forward by remaining in the past. Yes, the British felt offended by the land reform but they cannot wish Zimbabwe away. We have a long history together and they cannot pretend that they donâ€™t know us.â€
He added, â€œLand reform was undertaken in a revolutionary way; we were following our destiny; I donâ€™t want to go down that road; land reform is here to stay. Key thing now is access to capital.â€
Chinamasa said while other countries like France and Germany were seemingly expressing interest in reengaging Zimbabwe, British investors were somehow â€œfence sittingâ€ taking â€œa cue from their governmentâ€.
The minister claimed that Zimbabwe was still under British sanctions, saying he was detained at the airport on his way to the London conference.
He said: â€œFor as long as there are sanctions we cannot move forward. As it is, I canâ€™t come to the UK and not face problems. I come and I am detained; I was detained at the airport. I was taken aback because I thought the sanctions had been lifted; those little things really matter and letâ€™s sort that out.â€
He said President Robert Mugabeâ€™s continued rants against the west were not a sign of policy inconsistences on Harareâ€™s part but were â€œreflective of the political differencesâ€.
Chinamasa, however, said he was on Tuesday going to attend a meeting with top British government officials to see â€œhow to mend fences with the UK.â€
He said despite â€œfence sittingâ€ by the British investors, some strategic UK institutions and business people have previously supported calls for Zimbabwe to be supported.
â€œIn Lima, some British people agreed that Zimbabwe should be supported as well as in Zambia. That was a good sign. Thatâ€™s why we are here for this conference and to meet government people.â€
Titled â€œZimbabwe 2016: Rebooting and Rebuildingâ€, the one day conference held in central London is being organised by Africa Confidential.Post published in: Featured