by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – PROMINENT entrepreneur, Frank Buyanga, is appealing to the United Nations (UN) to consider Zimbabwe for a seat as a non-permanent member of its Security Council (UNSC).
The South African-based Zimbabwean businessman has written a letter to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, with the request.
His appeal follows the selection of Belgium Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the UNSC, the UN’s supreme body.
In his letter, Buyanga argued the UNSC was now more important than ever to Africa, particularly concerning matters of intervention in conflicts occurring within the region.
However, he said, so-called smaller countries were left out of serving in the UN body as the selection of UNSC members was undemocratic.
“Secretary-General, it is from this background that we the people of
Zimbabwe think it is time our country be given a chance to be part of the UNSC,” Buyanga wrote.
“Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Africans need your support on many issues, including being able to voice their views on matters of security, those deliberated by the Security Council.”
Buyanga argued the African Union was leaving the selection of African representatives on the UNSC to be determined by foreigners.
“This, Mr Guterres, opens a gap for manipulation and only the ‘big’
countries will forever be selected to sit on this powerful council,” he
The businessman said Zimbabwe had enjoyed peace and stability, which he said had been enhanced since the resignation of longtime president, Robert Mugabe, last year.
– CAJ News