MDC formations to appoint 5 ambassadors

A top government official said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party will be asked to provide candidates to serve as ambassadors in Germany, Australia, Sudan and Nigeria, while an official from the MDC formation led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara will be appointed ambassador to Senegal.

“The ambassador designates are going to go for three weeks training on diplomacy, they will start training on August 3 and they will be posted after they complete the training and we expect them to be in their stations by the beginning of September,” said Gorden Moyo, who is Minister of State in Tsvangirai’s office.

The appointments would put to an end one of the outstanding issues from the power-sharing agreement signed September 2008 by President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.

Under the agreement appointments to key public posts should be shared among the political parties but Mugabe had refused to dismiss serving ambassadors aligned to his ZANU PF party in order to make way for MDC candidates.

The veteran leader only agreed at a later stage to allow Tsvangirai and Mutambara’s MDC parties to fill up any ambassadorial posts that may fall vacant. The five posts that will be filled up by the two MDC parties had been vacant for some time now.

Zimbabwe’s three principal political leaders remain divided on the issue of central bank governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana who the MDCs say Mugabe re-appointed and appointed respectively without consulting them as is required under the power-sharing pact.

Tsvangirai and his MDC have written to South African President Jacob Zuma to convene a summit of the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) to discuss the appointment of Gono and Tomana as well as other issues pertaining to Zimbabwe’s shaky unity government.

Zuma is current chair of the SADC that facilitated formation of the Harare unity government and together with the African Union is guarantor to Zimbabwe’s power-sharing pact. – ZimOnline