Outgoing US envoy’s fond memories of Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – UNITED States (US) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, said he would continue ensuring the development of the Southern African country beyond the lapse of his term.
It expires in December after which he returns to his country to become the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the Department of State.
“My time as the U.S. Ambassador is up. It has been an extraordinarily rich and wonderful time for me and my family — our second time to live in Zimbabwe — but it is drawing swiftly to a close. Thank you for your friendship, for teaching me about Zimbabwe, and for showing me the power or resilience. Though I am sad to be leaving, I know that the change will be good,” an emotional Wharton said.
He said he remained deeply committed to the ideals on which Zimbabwe, where he served from 2012, was founded, ideals that Americans and Zimbabweans shared.
“I will do everything I can to support progress toward those ideals in the U.S, in Zimbabwe, and across Africa and the world. I will miss many friends here, and hope to return in a few years – perhaps when we open our new embassy — to renew those friendships,” Wharton said.
Harry Thomas will succeed Wharton.
Wharton described him as an “extremely distinguished American diplomat.” – CAJ News
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