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Zimbabwe to Reshuffle Diplomats

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

The two Movement for Democratic Change formations say they have nothing against their ambassadors continuing to serve if they are reappointed by President Robert Mugabe.

Foreign Affairs secretary Joey Bimha told Studio 7 on Friday that his ministry is working to recall or reshuffle 75 percent of the country’s diplomatic personnel.

State radio says three of the five MDC diplomats forwarded under the unity government will be recalled. These include Ambassador to Australia, Jacquiline Zvambila, Hebson Makuvise, representing Harare in German and Mabheni Ngulane in Abuja, Nigeria. The three are from the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC formation.

Those who will remain deployed, according to state media, are Welshman Ncube MDC official, Trudy Stevenson, Ambassador to Senegal and MDC-T member Hilda Mafudze, ambassador to Sudan.

Although Bimha would not say who is being recalled and who is not, he said the reshuffle will affect diplomats at a general scale regardless of their political links.

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the question of diplomats from his party continuing to serve under the Zanu-PF government is not a controversial one. He says diplomats are there to represent their country and not any one political party.