acting president nkomo with ethiopian envoy 15-01-12.pngA special envoy from the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Meles Zenawi has delivered a special message to Acting President, Cde John Nkomo for the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.

The special envoy, also referred to as ‘Ambassador Enary Plenipotentiary,’ Ms Gennet Zewige, paid a courtesy call on Cde Nkomo at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare and delivered the message ahead of the African Union Summit to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this month.

In an interview after meeting Cde Nkomo, Ms Zewige said the Ethiopian Prime Minister has sent a message to Cde Mugabe for the summit which will discuss various issues, including peace and security issues on the continent and the political disturbances in North Africa.

 

“We had a very fruitful meeting. I had brought the message from my Prime Minister in regard to the upcoming AU Summit, so we talked about that, especially issues to do with peace and security,” said Ms Zewige.

 

Ms Zewige said her Prime Minister feels that Africa should draw lessons from what transpired in Libya where NATO forces abused the United Nations Conflict Resolution 1973, which was meant to protect civilians but was used as a tool to dislodge Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

She noted that the geo-political landscape is transforming rapidly, adding that the continent should be wary of neo-colonialism which has taken a new form in which local people are used to overthrow legitimately elected governments.

 

On South Africa’s assumption of the UN Security Council chair, Ms Zewige said it is now time for the continent to reflect on what needs to be done to ensure that measures taken to solve internal political crises are implemented fully in order to ensure that internal peace processes are not hijacked by the West.

The 18th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government  to be held in Addis Ababa comes at a time Africa is facing serious challenges, especially in the Arab North where the uprisings sponsored by the West resulted in the ouster of elected governments.

Also present at the meeting was the Ethiopian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr Koang Dung.