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Walter Mzembi loses UNWTO race

by Alice Dube
12 May 2017 at 12:17hrs | Views
TOURISM and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi has suffered an embarrassing defeat in the race for  the secretary general's post of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

 The elections where held in Madrid, Spain today.

Mzembi who had  gone  into the race with the backing of the African Union (AU) only managed 15 votes against 18 polled by his  rival from Georgia, Zurab Pololikashvili.

The AU endorsed Mzembi at a meeting last year and had begged member countries to rally behind the candidate to enhance chances of landing the post which has eluded African nationals since the first general assembly in 1975.

The endorsement of Mzembi had begun at the Sadc level in March last year.

Mzembi had spent much of his  time in the past year campaigning for the post.

During his campaign trail he was  critical of Zanu PF sponsored programmes.


Final round
  • Georgia 18
  • Zimbabwe 15

  • First round
  • Zimbabwe 11
  • Georgia 8
  • South Korea 7
  • Brazil 4
  • Colombia 3

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