Zim envoy to UAE passes on
ZIMBABWE’S ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jerry Ndlovu, has passed away after a short illness in Harare yesterday.
Ndlovu’s demise comes as a huge blow to the country’s growing diplomatic relations with the UAE. He was Zimbabwe’s first envoy to the emirate having been appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in August 2019.
“The acting minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amon Murwira wishes to announce the sad passing of Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the UAE…Ndlovu on 30 January 2020.
“The late ambassador Ndlovu died at a local hospital in Harare after a short illness. Details of funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course,” Murwira said in a terse statement yesterday.
Before going into diplomatic service, Ndlovu was the general manager of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC). He also worked for the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe where he was the director of airports and business development.
Ambassador Ndlovu becomes the latest high-ranking Zimbabwean government official to pass away this month. Cabinet ministers, Sibusiso Busi Moyo and Joel Biggie Matiza all succumbed to Covid-19 and were buried at the Heroes Acres last week.
Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba and former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services commissioner general Paradzai Zimondi also recently passed away.