Mzembi on brink of UNWTO victory . . . African Union reins in Seychelles

Dr Mzembi

Dr Mzembi

Isdore Guvamombe in MADRID, Spain & Kudakwashe Mhundwa and Talent Hwari in Harare—
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Dr Walter Mzembi’s campaign for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary-general’s post got a last-minute boost yesterday when Seychelles withdrew its candidate, Mr Allain St Ange. This left Dr Mzembi as the sole candidate from Africa. Elections to replace Dr Talib Rifai are slated for tomorrow.

Dr Mzembi will now battle it out with five other candidates for the world’s biggest tourism post.

Until yesterday, Seychelles had been running a parallel campaign for its candidate in contravention of African Union statutes on international postings, earning itself the tag of a spoiler whose attitude was to split the African vote.

A united Africa can give Dr Mzembi 33 percent of the vote out of the 50 plus one votes required to secure a straight first round win.
Seychelles President Mr Danny Faure on Tuesday ordered his Government to withdraw the candidature of Mr St Ange, citing an imminent breach of AU statutes, which could attract five years suspension from international posting.

“President Danny Faure chaired an extraordinary Cabinet meeting at which the Cabinet considered a formal request from the African Union Commission for Seychelles to withdraw the candidature of Mr Allain St Ange for election of the post of secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation,” the government of Seychelles said in a statement.

“Having considered the stance taken by Seychelles at SADC meeting in March 2016, and the AU meeting of July 2016, member-states, including Seychelles, unanimously voted to support the Zimbabwean candidate. Cabinet ministers formerly reviewed its decision to support the candidature of Mr St Ange.

“This is in line with established practices governing the endorsement process for candidatures within the international system under the AU and Sadc framework. Mr St Ange’s capacity to lead the UNWTO is unquestionable as he has vast experience in the field of tourism.

“However, in light of our standing responsibilities and commitments, within the context of the African Union, the Seychelles Government has decided to withdraw the candidature of Mr St Ange from the post of secretary-general.”

Dr Mzembi is largely tipped to win the post after two years of rigorous campaigning, which made him a largely accepted figure.

AU Permanent Observer in Geneva Ambassador Jean-Marie Ehouzou said in an interview that the Seychelles story had been resolved and that Dr Mzembi remained the only AU candidate.

“Africa now has one candidate,” he said. “The Seychelles issue has been solved. We are confident we are going to win with Dr Mzembi. It is doable. We can do it.”

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Fra-nce, Spain and Portugal, who is also the spokesperson on the campaign team, Rudo Chitiga, said Zimbabwe had done everything in its power to execute a powerful diplomatic offensive for the UNWTO campaign.

“We have done all we can and we are sure we have done all that is required and we are confident,” she said. “As diplomats we have talked to all we can to negotiate for votes for Dr Mzembi.”

Addressing the media in Harare yesterday, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister Anastasia Ndlovu said the move by the AU to field a single candidate was a positive development to both the continent and Zimbabwe.

“I am happy to share with the nation that following a formal request from the AU, Seychelles has withdrawn its candidature for the race and endorsed Zimbabwe`s candidature,” said Deputy Minister Ndlovu.

“That is a positive development which shows the commitment of the AU to protect and defend resolutions of the same board.

“It is also important to applaud the stance taken by Seychelles as it seeks to respect resolutions of the AU which it was party to in the first place. I am happy to share that Africa is solidly behind our candidate.”

Deputy Minister Ndlovu said Zimbabwe was on the eve of making history.

“Our campaign has been vigorous and very good,” she said, adding that, “Our chances for getting the position have become even higher.”

Deputy Minister Ndlovu said as part of the final push in the campaign, she led a delegation to Slovakia lobbying for support since that country was also a member of the UNWTO executive council.

In July last year, Dr Mzembi was officially named Africa`s candidate for the UNWTO top post, having been endorsed by an African Heads of State and Government summit in Kigali, Rwanda after going through all bureaucratic processes of the 54 member organisation unopposed.

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    How would you feel if member states are beaten and maimed and the UN sits on the ballots for 6weeks!

  • yowe

    Zvine basa rei neni izvi??? Will i get employed also??

    • deee

      Grow up!

    • mpengo

      Maybe not you, but his influence and origins from Zimbabwe, opens platforms to talk more about the tourism industry…which will open opportunities for those who benefit directly and indirectly in the sector.

      It really isn’t rocket science. Not much thinking involved.

      Maybe go sit by a fire or discuss bhora or something like that…

      This is clearly not for you and too much for your mind to discern

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Uri sasikamu remunhu. Ndimi vanhu varikukwi*** nevarungu kuti mutengese nyika imi. You sound very treasonous!

      • Kyle James

        Is that all you think you tree swinging hairy primate. Like all zanoids anything that puts forward critical thinking and constructive debate is classified as treasonous. Unogwara iwe saskam remunhu.

    • Dakarai Karanda

      Unonyadzisa.

    • Dakarai Karanda

      Ndimwi munogovera vakadzi panjuga imwi.

  • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

    Zvinopa hurumende nyembe dzekuti maZimbabweans akadzidza saka achidiwa pazvinzvimbo zvekunze kwenyika kkkk
    …and yet ivo vaMzembe degree ravo rinemibvunzo. Its a Zambian Diploma kkk

  • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

    He talks and talks…a lot of waffling.

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    Mudhara weMusvuu, this simply shows how you lack brains the same way your head lacks hair. Sorry zvako, but uri du****

    • yowe

      Be mature Jairos…being vulgar shows your lack of intelligence

    • Kyle James

      You have a chicken brain that you say shyte.

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    Viva Mzembi. Winning for him will definitely put Zimbabwe positively on the map. I agree with you. On political ideology, well there are bound to be differences. But i would not mind working for the country with people like you Vhomoto. You sound very reasonable. You are the kind of a young person (I guess you are much younger than me!) from who the elders can even learn much more.

  • Dakarai Karanda

    Some people never cease to show their stupidity. What level of negative enthnocentrism?

  • Khulumani

    What will put Zimbabwe on the map is if the present leadership resigns en masse. All this patchwork will not work the same way our potholes keep festering…

  • Zvogwadza

    His appoint? kwaaaa

  • yowe

    Its in the paper….

  • bhurujena

    ask yourselves .. why does he want the job so badly! personal benefit .. keep all the 5 farms he confiscated..
    i hope he fails at the last huddle .. no one in Zanu deserves any good fortune for now!

    • MurozviMukuru

      And so did your hope come to pass.

  • Kyle James

    Doesn’t benefit anything honestly just misplaced priorities and an opportunity to establish self interest.

  • Kyle James

    Kikikikii

  • Kyle James

    I wish he fails and that he’ll. He should not be allowed to contest in the first especially with the record that this brutal, bloodthirsty and

    • MurozviMukuru

      And so did your wish come to pass

  • Idiot

    isidore miramira, ungangopihwawo kachigaro naMzembi waunonamata

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Best wishes to Cde Mzembi!

    • MurozviMukuru

      Garai nevhu renyu. UNWTO munoda kunoparadza sekuparadza kwamakaita a once prosperous economy nhai. Manje hakuna izvozvo.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Ah , ko nhasi uri kurasika papiko mfana? Inga unochinyora zvi better wani?

  • MurozviMukuru

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…
    And I’m still laughing at Mzembi for being an idiot believing that he would rig the elections ZANU PF style and the Herald for believing that he could beat the voters into submission and was on the brink of victory.

  • MurozviMukuru

    The Herald singing for its supper as always. An unshamefaced ZANU PF mouthpiece on the brink of demise because of stupid tendncies to see and hear no evil being perpetrated by a party that has lost all legitimacy.

  • MurozviMukuru

    Where is the win?

  • MurozviMukuru

    He has wasted scarce forex on those foreign jaunts all for what? When you travel more than the old heathen himself then you know you are on the precipice of losing free and fair elections.

  • MurozviMukuru

    And so Mzembi won, NOT!