Outgoing Tanzanian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Adadi Rajabu yesterday bade farewell to President Mugabe at State House after serving for eight years as Dar es Salaam’s chief diplomat in Zimbabwe.
After meeting President Mugabe, Ambassador Rajabu urged Zimbabweans to continue working hard to rebuild the economy following a decade of sustained, ruinous illegal sanctions imposed by the West.
“The message that I want to leave to Zimbabweans is that they should work hard and try their level best to revive the economy and I wish them all the best,” he said.
Ambassador Rajabu said Zimbabwe and Tanzania enjoyed cordial relations which he did his best to strengthen during his tenure.
“Zimbabwe was like my home country,” he said. “I stayed here for a very long time and I came during the hard times. The situation has come to normal. I enjoyed staying in Zimbabwe. What I did really was to try and cement the relationship because, as you know, we are relatives.”
Ambassador Rajabu said there were interesting developments in Tanzania as the country prepared for presidential elections in October. He said a record 42 candidates had submitted their CVs to contest in the elections.
“In Tanzania there are a lot of interesting events going on because we are having elections in October this year,” he said.
“Right now all people who are aspiring for presidential office are taking the forms which they are supposed to return by the 2nd of July. There are 42 candidates who are aspiring to become the president and probably half of the Cabinet has taken the form. That is why I am saying there are a lot of interesting events going on at home.”
Ambassador Rajabu said during the last election there were only 13 candidates. He said he was confident that his party, Chamachamapinduzi, would prevail in the polls.
He said Chamachamapinduzi was yet to choose its candidate for the polls.
“Chamachamapinduzi is very strong. The only problem they will get is to have the right candidate,” he said.
“Once they get the right candidate, I am sure they are going to win.”