Zimbabwe’s national assembly has reportedly urged President Robert Mugabe’s government to shut down some of the country’s embassies as liquidity crisis continues.
The country’s national assembly believed that shutting down some of the embassies would prevent embarrassing situations where staff at embassies would end up being served with eviction notices over unpaid rentals. This according to News Day.
“Remove or downgrade ambassadors where they are not necessary. While high-ranking diplomats, such as ambassadors are vital for Zimbabwe to promote its foreign policy, in many cases, having such high-ranking officials in every diplomatic mission may not be necessary,” Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs Kindness Paradza was quoted as saying. The report quotes him saying.
The report furthers states that Zimbabwe is sitting on rental arrears of $7m accrued over years, and some diplomats have been served with eviction notices.
Paradza suggested that the Foreign Affairs ministry direct its limited resources specifically to countries that are of economic value to Zimbabwe. He further added that most Zimbabwean ambassadors were living miserable lives because of underfunding by government.