Tough task for new envoys
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has challenged his ambassador-designates to go and fully represent his administration particularly on the economic and political front as Zimbabwe continues with its re-engagement agenda.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Professor Amon Murwira said Mnangagwa was expecting more from his diplomats including in economic matters as the country strive to achieve more on the front.
“The second republic is looking at the issue of economic development and prosperity for this country, because we have our independence, we have our land, but we need to move to prosperity,” Murwira said.
“Based on that we are saying, they go, they make sure that Zimbabwe’s economic foundations are strong, Zimbabwe’s economic relations are strengthened,” he said.
Former University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Professor Charity Manyeruke, Mnangagwa laid out his objectives and expectations towards the realisation of the 2030 agenda of an upper middle-income economy.
“His Excellency President Mnangagwa said we should not lose vision 2030, which vision speaks to the need to prosper in our country with four pillars of peace, unity, human capital and vision,” she said.
“The President emphasised on the need to reach out to the international community in particular, to bring investment, to bring business home for the purpose of developing our country and improving the livelihoods of Zimbabweans.”
The President also called on the diplomats to engage Zimbabweans in the diaspora and appraise them on investment opportunities back home.
The ambassadors completed six-weeks of training in diplomacy and foreign policy as they prepared for their deployment.
The 18 ambassadors are Crispen Toga Mavodza who will be representing the country in Kuwait, Major General (Retired) Martin Chedondo in China, Major General (Retired) Douglas Nyikayaramba in Mozambique, Vusumuzi Ntonga will be stationed in Algeria, while Gideon Gapare will be heading to Brazil.
Abigail Shonhiwa will be sent to France, Professor Charity Manyeruke will be leaving for Rwanda, Joel Tapera Mhishi will represent the country in Australia, Sophia Nyamudeza will lead the mission in Indonesia, while Dr Emmanuel Gumbo will be stationed in Sudan.
Former MDC Member of Parliament, James Maridadi heads for Senegal while Jetro Ndlovu will be sent to the United Arab Emirates.
Major General (Rtd) Ansleem Sanyatwe will be in Tanzania.
Ambassadors Alice Mashingaidze, Heneri Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, Major General Retired Tando Madzvamuse and Air Vice Marshal Retired Shebba Shumbayawonda await their host countries to give them the green light to begin their missions.
The 18 ambassadors are the first ones appointed by President Mnangagwa following his ascendance to power.
They replace those who either died, have been recalled or retired.