“Mayardit will be opening the show this year. He has already confirmed his attendance,” said a well placed official within Zimbabwe’s agriculture ministry who could not reveal his name on professional reasons.
According to the official, Mayardit confirmed his visit Thursday.
The visit will mark the South Sudanese leader’s first ever visit to Zimbabwe in his new official capacity.
Then Vice President of a united Sudan, Mayardit was in Zimbabwe 2009 “to consult and update” President Mugabe on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the government in Khartoum.
Analysts say Mugabe is keen to position his country for rich pickings in the resource rich country after opportunities were rendered abound by her recent split from a united Sudan to form her own autonomous state.
Mugabe’s regime has been deserted by old friends in the past decade who are careful not to associate with his authoritarian leadership.
During the past 10 years, Mugabe has found friendship among countries such as Libya, Iran, Equatorial Guinea, whose leaders are also seen as rogue.
His visit is also expected to cement trade relations with Zimbabwe after Zimbabwe’s secretary for Foreign Affairs Joey Bimha early this month told a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade that Zimbabwean businesses had been invited by Southern Sudan to come and exploit the numerous business opportunities that have been made available by the recent split of the vast region to form its own independent State.