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Tomana, Charamba join diplomatic service

Former Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana and former police spokesperson Mrs Charity Charamba have been appointed into the diplomatic service and are part of a group that is undergoing training at the Management Training Bureau in Msasa, Harare.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo (right) converses with ambassadors-designate Nancy Saungweme (left), Charity Charamba and Johannes Tomana, after his presentation to a diplomatic training course in Harare yesterday. — Picture: John Manzongo
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo (right) converses with ambassadors-designate Nancy Saungweme (left), Charity Charamba and Johannes Tomana, after his presentation to a diplomatic training course in Harare yesterday. — Picture: John Manzongo

Mr Tomana was removed from his post in 2007, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the courts, while Mrs Charamba retired from the police in 2018.

The two and Dr Nancy Saungweme, another ambassador-designate and a senior Zanu PF member from Manicaland, are part of the group that includes tourism attaches and officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo briefed the group on aspects of Zimbabwe’s foreign policy thrust.

In his address, Minister Moyo said the country’s foreign policy had been laid out by President Mnangagwa in his inaugural address and included projecting a positive image of the country, re-engaging the international community and economic diplomacy.

“As you know, the ministry has been expanded and indeed rebranded to include international trade to reflect the thrust articulated by the President.

“The primary focus of our diplomacy and our diplomatic representation abroad must be trade, investment and tourism promotion. In other words economic diplomacy,” Minister Moyo said.

He said while the US had retained its sanctions on Zimbabwe, it was important that the two nations were now talking despite their differences on issues.

“It is clear therefore that re-engagement will be more of a process than an event, and that it will be anchored on confidence building measures,” Minister Moyo said. The Herald

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