By Munesu Chigada.

Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-Africa’s candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General’s post Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe has lost to a Georgian candidate in elections held in Madrid today.

 

Mzembi who is the Zimbabwean Tourism Minister lost by 15 votes to 18 during the second round of voting having won the first round.




The news comes as a shock after all of Africa agreed to endorse Mzembi and even threatened sanctions on Seychelles after its candidate tried to contest.

 

Mzembi’s loss has once again has stalled the chance for Africa to have its first Secretary General for the UNWTO.

 

Second Round results

Georgia                                  18

Zimbabwe                             15

First Round results

Zimbabwe                             11

Georgia                                  8

South Korea                          7

Brazil                                      4

Colombia                               3

 

The loss will come very hard on Mzembi who, for the past two years has gone on an international campaign to bring the post to Africa.

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