The Mayor of Harare in Zimbabwe, Mr Bernard Manyenyeni, was welcomed to Nottingham’s Council House last week as part of the friendship links between the two cities.

The visit was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, and instigated by community leader Trusty Gushure, who moved to Nottingham from Zimbabwe 14 years ago.  Mr Manyenyeni and other members of his delegation were greeted by representatives of the council and the Nottingham Zimbabwean community, were given a tour of the Council House and discussed ways to enhance civic and economic links between the two cities.

Councillor Morris said: “One of the great privileges of my year in office has been meeting such a diverse range of people from all walks of life and many parts of the world, so I was delighted to meet Mr Manyenyeni and to discuss both the differences and similarities of our roles and cities.”

Mr Gushure said: “This was a great occasion.  We wanted to rekindle the relationship between the citizens of Nottingham and Harare and I would like to see the two cities working in collaboration for the benefit of all in the future.”

Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe, with a population of about 1.6 million.  Industries in the area include textiles, steel, chemicals and gold mining.  Like Nottingham, it has a test cricket ground and a successful football club.  Unlike Nottingham, it has a sub-tropical climate and is 4,865 feet above sea level.

Photo shows, l-r, community representatives Trusty Gushure (left) Bernard Manyenyeni and Gillian Mothobi at the Council House