Mzembi appointed Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe

Mzembi appointed Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe

The outspoken and often referred to as the youthful Minister of Tourism for Zimbabwe, Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs this evening.

This was the result of a cabinet reshuffle by President Mugabe.

The new Minister of Tourism and Hospitality is the Hon. E. Mbwembwe. Edgar Mbwembwe was re-elected as the member of parliament for Chikomba East in July 2013. When Ray Kaukonde was ousted as chairperson of Mashonaland East, Mbwembwe entered the race to succeed him against other ZANU-PF bigwigs such as Joel Biggie Matiza and Aeneas Chigwedere. Mbwembwe lost to Matiza who was then Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland East before being replaced by Retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri. On September 11, 2015, Mbwembwe was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Today he was appointed as the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality.

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The Hon. Walter Mzembi recently ran for the UNWTO Secretary General position.

He is viewed as open, with a global mindset and tourism as his passion.

Foreign Minister Mzembi may be the man able to raise the bar one-hundred fold for Zimbabwe. A new era in Zimbabwe is likely to begin.

When the ZANU-PF movement for Democratic Change national unity government was sworn in on February 13, 2009, Mzembi became Minister of Tourism. Of paramount importance has been his role in the organizing of the UNWTO co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in August 2013. In 2017, Mzembi was the candidate of the African Union for the position of the 2018-21 Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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