Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has appointed Bulawayo Proportional Representation MP Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Sweden.
Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced the appointment through the Government Gazette published yesterday.
Dr Sibanda said Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga, an opposition politician, was appointed together with two other diplomats, Ms Alice Mashingaidze who has been posted to Germany and Mr Lovemore Mazemo has been assigned to the United Arab Emirates.
“It is hereby notified that His Excellency the President has in terms of section 110(2) (i) and 204 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act, 2013, appointed Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga as Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden,” said Dr Sibanda.
Section 110 (2) (i) states that subject to this Constitution, the President is responsible for appointing ambassadors, plenipotentiaries and diplomatic and consular representatives.
In line with President Mnangagwa’s re-engagement policy, ambassadors are expected to enhance Zimbabwe’s reputation as a reliable economic, trade and investment cooperation partner, and promote the country as an attractive tourism destination.
Ambassadors are also expected to promote and expand Zimbabwe’s exports of a diversity of goods and services to a variety of markets, and to promote and facilitate foreign direct investment (FDI) into many sectors of the economy, including infrastructure development projects.
Contacted yesterday, Mrs Misiharabwi-Mushonga could not be drawn to comment on her latest appointment as she said she was committed.
She was elected MP under the women’s quota during the 2018 elections.
She is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education and has been vocal on issues of access to education.
A firm feminist, Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga, served as the Minister of Regional Integration and International Co-operation during Inclusive Government between 2009 and 2013. —@nqotshili