President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed former National Patriotic Front (NPF) leader Ambrose Mutinhiri as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Russia.
Zimbabwe enjoys good relations with Russia and its leader Vladmir Putin whose country is currently at war with Ukraine. Due to the good relations, this week Zimbabwe voted against a United Nations General Assembly Resolution to pay compensation caused by its invasion of Ukraine.
The appointment of Mutinhiri alongside three other diplomats was announced by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda in an extraordinary government gazette published yesterday.
Stewart Nyakoto will be the country’s Ambassador to Japan, Meshack Kitchen will head to Brazil and Bright Kupemba will represent Zimbabwe in Iran.
“It is hereby notified that His Excellency, the President has, in terms of section 110(2) (1) as read with 204 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act, 2013 appointed Brigadier (Rtd) Ambrose Mutinhiri as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russian Federation,” Sibanda said.
A veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, Mutinhiri also served as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Yugoslavia.
He resigned from Zanu PF in 2018 and stood as a candidate for NPF in the presidential elections.
The appointment of Mutinhiri adds to the list of former opposition members who Mnangagwa has also appointed to diplomatic posts including former opposition Members of Parliament, Priscilla Misihairabwi and James Maridadi.
The President’s support of Putin is cause for national shame and a further example of moral bankruptcy.