Zimbabweans have a well-deserved reputation for their friendliness and visitors of the country can be sure of a sincere and open welcome.
The name “Zimbabwe” comes from Shona words, “Zimba remabwe” meaning, a “big house of stone.” Based on the iconic Great Zimbabwe monument found in Masvingo, the name was formalised on 18th April 1980 to replace the colonial name, “Rhodesia” given after Cecil John Rhodes conquered and occupied the land for Britain in 1890.
The New Dispensation
The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe is H.E President E.D Mnangagwa. Zimbabwe underwent a smooth and peaceful leadership transition during the period November 2017 and on July 30 2018 through harmonised elections the people bestowed upon President Mnangagwa the mandate to govern the country. President Mnangagwa has publicly called on potential investors to come and explore the various investment opportunities in Zimbabwe, under the mantra ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’. Re-engagement and economic diplomacy are now the main focus areas of the new dispensation with regards to Zimbabwe’s foreign policy.
Zimbabwe is a multi-party democracy with a lower and upper house, Parliament and the Senate. Zimbabwe has consistently held local authority, parliamentary and senatorial elections since the attainment of its Independence and the inception of democracy and the rule of law on 18th April 1980. The recently held elections were on 30 July 2018. ZANU Pf won two thirds majority and President E.D Mnangagwa won by 50.6 percent. Harmonised elections are held once every five years.