Australian MPs visit Zimbabwe

A seven member Australian delegation comprising senators and members from the country’s two-chamber parliament who have been drawn from all the major political parties is on a tour in Zimbabwe.

The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Matthew Neuhaus
The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Matthew Neuhaus

The team arrived in Zimbabwe last night and will leave for South Africa and then the Seychelles in the afternoon on Thursday.

The visitors are scheduled to meet local MPs and senators, call on the President of Senator, Edna Madzongwe and Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, and visit Australian Aid (AusAid) humanitarian projects in Harare and Bulawayo.

The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Matthew Neuhaus, described the visit as progressive.

"I am delighted by this visit which is another positive step in the growing engagement between Australia and Zimbabwe.

“The Australian Parliamentarians will be able to see the good work being done to rehabilitate the economy and social sector by Australian Aid, and to encourage further democratic development in Zimbabwe," said Neuhaus.

The Ambassador announced that the Australian national cricket team would soon be visiting Zimbabwe as well.

The visiting parliamentary delegation includes Warren Entsch, Andrew Southcott, Kate Southcott, Sue Lines , Penny Wright, David Bushby and Daniel Weight.

The visiting group on Monday met Madzongwe, Mudenda and some ambassadors based in the capital.

It will visit Norton tomorrow where it will tour AusAid projects, among them the Morton Jaffray waterworks in which Australia is partnering Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday, the team will head to Bulawayo where it is expected to meet various local leaders and politicians and visit AusAid projects in the area.

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