It's not over yet: Mzembi

HARARE - The race for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary-general post is not yet over, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi (pictured) said yesterday.

Mzembi insists there is still a small window of opportunity for him to reclaim the post from Georgia’s Zurab Pololikashvili.

“It’s not over yet,” he told a news conference in Harare yesterday.

This comes as the UNWTO general assembly is set to vote on the candidacy of Pololikashvili, who controversially beat Mzembi at the recently concluded executive council elections in Madrid, Spain.

Mzembi polled 15 votes against 18 votes garnered by the Georgian in the second round of voting after the first round failed to secure a clear winner.

The UNWTO general council is now set to ratify Pololikashvili during the upcoming 22nd assembly.

This comes amid allegations of unethical deal cutting by foreign ministries and heads of State, with Georgia unrelated to travel and tourism in exchange for Pololikashvili votes. It also includes possible upcoming lawsuits against executive council decisions and procedures and allegations of unfair access and bribery. Mzembi is hoping Pololikashvili’s nomination will be thrown out.

“…we are still the dark horse going forward to September 11-16 when the UNWTO shall convene for the general assembly in China,” he said.

Pololikashvili’s nomination has to be confirmed by the general assembly in Chengdu, by a two-third majority.

“….it means he will be required to master 102 member country endorsements by voting in order to be appointed the new secretary-general, so we will be there to make sure that we are correctly and strategically positioned to take advantage of any outcome,” Mzembi said.

Comments (4)

Dont be naive Mzembi, you lost fair and square you were the first to acknowledge that now you want to continue singing for your super. You were a bad rep for Africa due to your participation in zanupf mafioso that has taken the once promising state to the doldrums. The UNWTO conducted that election all thats left is for the assembley to rubber stamp ratify the process stop hallucinating.

Sinyo - 30 May 2017

I'm sure you wanted to say "muster 102..." not "master 102 ....." September is a lifetime away - many things are gonna happen between now & then.

Sagitarr - 31 May 2017

But shuwa, a fully grown man clinging on to maybe's like that? Look at what happened with MDC in those stolen elections that went to the high court, supreme court etc. Nothing.... My advice to you, Wally, is to grow a pair of big hairy ones and have the courage to tell Bob that his policies can not save the country and we need a total change of direction so we can benefit fro tourism, among other things. Isn't it strange that a time ago, Bo knew the value of tourisn to our country and helped promote it? But then he got fixated on certain things such as retaining his position and he decided that tourism and other things were going to suffer so long he remained in power. Well, Wally, that is where we are....was the price too steep for us or is it worth it? In other words, you lost the position but you still have Bob's favour, you still cry over his portraits so are you consoled or you'd rather have the position in WTO?

Kwidz - 31 May 2017

Mzembi! claims he was rigged out!!! I had reserved your position in sealing the potholed roads that you participated in their creation.

Mukanya - 31 May 2017

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