US nominates Thomas as its Zim envoy

HARARE - The United States has nominated Harry Thomas to replace its outgoing ambassador, Bruce Wharton, as its representative to Zimbabwe.

Thomas is a career member of the US Foreign Service.

The 59-year-old is now awaiting approval from the United States senate and President Barack Obama.

Wharton presented his credentials as US ambassador to Zimbabwe on November 15, 2012 having previously worked in the country in a different role at the Public Affairs department.

His likely successor, Thomas, who has previously served as an ambassador in Asia, has been quoted in a previous interview describing his ambassadorial job as “unique and challenging”.

His new mission coincides with the construction of a new embassy compound in Bluffhill, Harare, which his to be predecessor described as a “place to build bilateral relations with Zimbabwe”.

Among other things Thomas is a polyglot who can speak English, Spanish, Hindi, Bangla, and Filipino.

Currently, he serves as Diplomat in Residence at Arizona State University, a position he has held since 2013. Thomas served as the United States ambassador to the Philippines from 2010 to 2013, where he met his wife Mithi Aquino-Thomas.

Prior to that Thomas had served as director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources for the State Department from 2007 to 2009, and executive secretary of the Department of State from 2005 to 2007.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Columbia University, Thomas also served as America’s ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005.

Some of his earlier assignments included, political/economic officer at the United States consulate in Kaduna, Nigeria and consular officer at the United States embassy in Lima, Peru.

Comments (3)

Welcome to Zim Mr Thomas

tindo - 17 August 2015

Asi nhamo iri kuno bring with u some food

tindo - 17 August 2015

vana tino kwanai mhani iwe urikudyei

Dhindindi - 17 August 2015

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