Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Love affair ... The late Spanish ambassador described as "friend of Zimbabwe"
by Staff Reporter
THE Spanish Ambassador to Zimbabwe has been killed in a car crash while on a visit to Namibia, the embassy announced on Tuesday. Ambassador Pilar Fuertes Ferragut also doubled up as the Spanish envoy to Zambia and Malawi.
“The Spanish Embassy wishes to inform you of the tragic passing away of H.E. Pilar Fuertes Ferragut... in a car accident on Monday afternoon,” said a statement signed by Romée Fisher, an embassy official.
“A Book of Condolences is open from Tuesday until Thursday this week and Tuesday April 10th from 8AM to 4PM at the Embassy (16, Phillips Avenue in Belgravia).”
The statement added that “all cultural activities of the Embassy of Spain have been cancelled until further notice.”
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party said it had learnt with “great shock and despair” of Ambassador Ferragut’s death.
“The MDC family fondly remembers the ambassador for her ability to mingle and interact with people at all levels of society,” the party said in a statement.
The ambassador had taken time “to acquaint herself with the country as well as the people... in order for her to relate on a meaningful level with them”.
“She represented her country Spain with distinction and acquitted herself well in the execution of her duties. Ambassador Ferragut was supportive of Zimbabwean arts and culture as well as humanitarian projects,” the statement added. Ambassador Ferragut was accredited to Zimbabwe in March 2009.