Machivenyika Mapuranga became ambassador of Zimbabwe to the United States on Dec. 2, 2005 (see profile in Jan. 19, 2006, column of the Diplomatic Pouch).
Ambassador Mapuranga previously served as Zimbabwe’s first resident ambassador to Ghana (2001-05), permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001), permanent representative to the United Nations in New York (1996-98), assistant secretary-general representing the Southern African region in the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (1987-95), ambassador to Tanzania (1982-86), and counselor and chargé d’affaires to the Zimbabwe High Commission in Lusaka (1980-81).
In addition, Ambassador Mapuranga has held posts as special representative of the OAU secretary-general to Rwanda, chairman of the Non-Aligned Countries Political Committee, the OAU secretary-general’s special envoy to Somalia, Sierra Leone and Burundi, chairman of the U.N. Special Political Committee, head of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the Commonwealth Summit in Australia, and a lecturer at the University of Ibadan and the University of Jos, both in Nigeria, as well as the University of Zimbabwe.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of London, a post-graduate diploma in development studies from Oxford, a master’s degree in history and political thought from Edinburgh University, and a doctorate in history from the University of London.
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