Zimbabwean candidate Mr Sifundo Chief Moyo made history last week when he became the first person from SADC to clinch the post of Secretary-General for the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU).
Mr Moyo, who is the ZimPost Postmaster-General, landed the post by acclamation at the 10th Ordinary Session of PAPU in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe last week.
Since its formation 41 years ago, no Southern African country had ever assumed PAPU’s top post.
Mr Moyo was elected after fierce debate in which SADC delegates opposed Egypt’s candidature, which was filed out of time. A candidate from Morocco also faced challenges after it emerged that his country was in arrears in terms of its African Union obligations.
The candidate from Mali was also resisted following a recent coup in that country.
Ms Jessica Ssengooba from Postal Uganda emerged Deputy Secretary-General, in line with the principles of geographical representation and gender balance.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened the conference, which drew attendance from at least 32 of 44 PAPA member states. – Agencies