- Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, 15 years after exiting the organisation
- The organisation has said Zimbabwe must go through an assessment followed by consultations with other member states, in order to rejoin
- Former president Robert Mugabe had pulled his country out of the Commonwealth in 2003, after it was suspended a year earlier
Fifteen years after withdrawing its membership from the Commonwealth under former president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the organisation.
The development was made public by Commonwealth secretary-general, Patricia Scotland; who disclosed that the application had been submitted by current President Emmerson Mnangagwa on May 15, CNN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the Commonwealth is a 53-member group of mostly British former colonies.
In a statement, Scotland said: "Zimbabwe's eventual return to the Commonwealth, following a successful membership application, would be a momentous occasion, given our shared rich history."
The statement added that Zimbabwe must go through an assessment followed by consultations with other member states, in order to rejoin the Commonwealth. The organisation will also send observers to monitor the country's elections in July, following an invitation from the Zimbabwean government.
Following allegations that Mugabe had rigged his 2002 reelection, the country had been suspended from the Commonwealth; and after the suspension was renewed in 2003, the former president pulled his country out of the organisation.
Mugabe was finally ousted by the Zimbabwean military in November 2017; bringing to an end, his 37-year rule over the country.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a deputy finance minister in Zimbabwe, Terrence Mukupe, argued that corruption could be positive for the country.
Mukupe made the statement when speaking at a round-table discussion in Harare. The minister cited an article he had read, to prove that the scourge of corruption would benefit the country.
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