Former MDC MP James Maridadi recruited for Ambassador position

Harare-Former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator for Mabvuku Tafara, James Maridadi has been recruited for appointment as ambassador by President Mnangagwa.

Maridadi attended an induction workshop for 16 ambassador designates in Harare on Wednesday.

Maridadi lost the MDC primary election to James Chidhakwa last year. He stood as an independent and lost to Chidhakwa.

It is speculated that Maridadi will be posted to Senegal to replace another former MDC MP Trudy Stevenson, who passed away in August last year.
Stevenson had been appointed to the role of Ambassador after the Government of National Unity between Zanu PF and MDC in 2008.

The induction was presided over by Foreign Affairs Minister Rtd Lt General Sibusiso Moyo and several ministers re expected to meet the ambassador designates.

Four former army generals are part of the 16 ambassadors set to be appointed to the diplomatic service.

These are Lieutenant generals Anselem Sanyatwe, Martin Chedondo and Douglas Nyikayaramba as well as Air Marshal Sheba Shumbayawonda.
The move to hand pick Maridadi has been seen as a way to invest confidence to the international community.

Maridadi is a former radio disc jockey with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation having established his name at the then Radio 3 now Power Fm.

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