United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed a Zimbabwean, Raisedon Zenenga, as his deputy special representative (political) in the world body’s mission to the newly-independent South Sudan.
The country is the world’s newest nation after its citizens last January overwhelmingly voted for independence from Sudan in a referendum.
In a statement, the UN said Zenenga had a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation.
Zenenga has over 28 years of UN, government and diplomatic service — including more than 10 years at management level in complex peacekeeping operations, the statement said.
“Zenenga has a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation; proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations; significant experience in working with the government and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings and 19 years of experience with the organisation in the field and at headquarters,” the UN said.
It said the diplomat worked in some of the most challenging field missions, including those in Somalia, Liberia, Iraq-Kuwait and Sierra Leone.