Rwanda, Zimbabwe sign extradition treaty

The Government of Zimbabwe and Rwanda have signed three more collaborative frameworks increasing the areas for partnership to 22 as the countries continue excellent working interchanges in many areas.

The President of Zmbia, Mnangagwa witnessed the signing of the agreement at State House on Friday 29th July 2022.

During the event, Zimbabwe was represented by two Cabinet Ministers while Rwanda was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta who was on a visit to the country.

According to The Herald media house, pacts signed include the extradition treaty, a memorandum on understanding on immigration cooperation and another memorandum on cooperation when investigating civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents.

For Zimbabwe, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Amb. Frederick Shava signed the MoU on cooperation for investigating civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents, while the other two agreements were signed by Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Kazembe Kazembe.

After the signing ceremony, the representative of the Government of Rwanda said that the partnership with Zimbabwe is mainly to deal with trade and investment for the benefit of their peoples.

“There are many sectors, I talked about trade and investment, which is a huge area which comprises agriculture, energy and many other sectors,” said Minister Biruta.

“We have MoUs in place. So, we just need to implement them and start working,” he added.

President Mnangagwa early this year opened the Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference in Harare, where he stressed need for the two countries to boost trade and cooperation as a way of improving livelihoods.

“Zimbabwe and Rwanda enjoy an excellent relationship, and we have other MoUs, 19 of them,” said Minister Biruta.

“Some have started being implemented, and these ones also need to be implemented and we need to come up with action plans between both governments to implement the MoUs and the agreements that we have signed.

All these MoUs, the agreements that we are signing are just a framework to be able to work on various issues. We signed an extradition treaty, and this is a very important instrument to be able to deal with criminals who could be here or in Rwanda,” he added

This year, Rwanda has started recruiting Zimbabweans to fill critical skill gaps in the education sector, exploiting the good bilateral relations that exist between the two countries.


Src: Igihe


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