Dr Andrew Hama Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean retired diplomat and academic.

Career

In August 2014, Mtetwa announced that he had retired from Zimbabwe's foreign service.[1] In September 2014, Robert Mugabe appointed Albert Ranganai Chimbindi as Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Ethiopia taking over from Andrew Mtetwa.[2]

Mtetwa is also a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Belgium, South Africa and Zambia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Zimbabwe National Defence University.

In January 2022, Andrew Mtetwa together with Patrick Chinamasa was appointed to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Panel of Elders and Mediation Reference Group.

In a notice, the Zimbabwean Government said Andrew Mtetwa would serve on the Mediation Reference Group with eight other former Ambassadors and high-level officials from the SADC region who were appointed for their demonstrable technical expertise in strategic studies, conflict resolution and preventative diplomacy. Mtetwa will serve for a term of four years ending in August 2025.

The appointments were made following approval by the 41st Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held in Lilongwe, Malawi in August 2021.

The Panel of Elders and Mediation Reference Group are part of the SADC Mediation and Conflict Prevention and Preventative Diplomacy structure that was established by the SADC Heads of State and Government in August 2014. The structure is aimed at strengthening SADC's mediation capacities and timeously pre-empt violent conflict.

Books

  • A History of Uteve Under the Mwene Mutapa Rulers 1480-1834: A Re-evaluation (1984)

References

  1. Rwandese and Zimbabwean Ambassadors Bid Farewell to the African Union, Africa Union, Published: August 27, 2014, Retrieved: January 28, 2022
  2. Zvamaida Murwira, President appoints 17 ambassadors, The Herald, Published: September 20, 2014, Retrieved: January 28, 2022