Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ammon Mutembwa?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Ammon Machingambi Mutembwa presented his credentials as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the United States to President Barack Obama on November 18, 2014.


Mutembwa has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Ibaden in Nigeria and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Westminster in England. He served as a political counselor in Zimbabwe’s Office of the High Commissioner in London from 1991 to 1994.


Mutembwa returned home in 1994 to work in the office of Zimbabwe’s longtime dictator, President Robert Mugabe, first as an undersecretary for policy research and analysis. He published a book in 1998 entitled Water and the Potential for Resource Conflicts in Southern Africa. Later he was appointed director for external relations, working in the country’s Central Intelligence Organization.


Despite his government position, Mutembwa might have a lower profile in his country than his wife, Priscilla, who’s the chief financial officer of Cargill Cotton Zimbabwe. The couple has two daughters, one of whom, Mutsa, attended college on a field hockey scholarship at Indiana University and went on to win a Rhodes Scholarship in 2009.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Winning Ways: Mutsa Mutembwa Scores the Rhodes Scholarship (by Lesa Petersen, College Magazine) (pdf)


Wezhira 8 years ago
The fact that you don't agree with Mugabe doesn't make him a dictator...wait till your own "dictator" trump is in office to point a finger....also... Keeping wildlife like elephants in Africa costs money we don't have...we can not justify putting money into conservation when our sisters are giving birth under trees and when elephants ravage our crop fields..,trophy hunting raises money for game park operators who can manage animals safely and sustainably....until u can argue as passionately against gun control and arms trade which kills more people than wildlife pleas don't try to blame Africa for making money out of hunting "innocent" animals....walk in our shoes
Dav-E Yonah El 8 years ago
I have nothing but praise for Mugabe. It is our desire to work with Zimbabwe, the AU and the UN to foment good relations between Africans on the continent and living in the Diaspora. We need strong business ties that enable us to capitalize on our combined wealth to unite our people and lead the way into a new, prosperous and united Africa... Peace and Blessings.
Barbara Castille 8 years ago
Mr. Ambassador, It is time to end the "trophy" killings of animals in your country. Tourism is good and brings money to Zimbabwe; killing of animals is bad and disgusting and brings shame to your country. A trophy should only be given if someone accomplishes something good after much hard work and great physical or mental activity, like running a marathon or finding a cure for a disease, NOT for killing an innocent animal. How is this good? This killing is only to boost the egos of weak men and women. Safaris should be to view and appreciate animals, not for killing them. Your government needs to change your policies now. There is disgust throughout the world with the killing of Cecil and the photos of hunters and Zimbabwe "safari leaders" with dead animals. Please change your government policies.

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