Order of the Southern Cross

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July 2018, Ambassador Thomas Sukutai Bvuma (centre) after being awarded the Brazilian sach-cum-cross of the Order of the Southern Cross,
Grade of the Grand Cross, at Itamaraty, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is flanked by officers from the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Brasília,
Minister-Counsellor Mupezeni (to his right) and Minister-Counsellor Godfrey Machoba (to his left).

The Order of the Southern Cross is the highest honour the Brazilian President bestows on foreigners. Ambassador Bvuma was commended for promoting economic and political relations between Zimbabwe and Brazil and between Africa and Brazil.

He opened the Zimbabwe Embassy to Brazil in 2004 and served as its first Ambassador until 2018. He also served for nine years as the Dean of the Group of African Ambassadors in Brazil. Through the More Food Zimbabwe Programme, Ambassador Bvuma negotiated a 97 million-dollar soft loan which enabled Zimbabwe to import tractors and agricultural equipment for use by family farmers. In addition, Ambassador Bvuma facilitated the setting up of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation between Zimbabwe and Brazil.

Though credited to Brazil and Venezuela only, Ambassador Bvuma effectively covered the whole of Southern America, which included Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Suriname and Ecuador.

OFFICIAL DIARY OF THE UNION

Posted on: 08/09/2018 | Edition: 15 | Section: 1 | Page: 5
Body: Acts of the Executive Branch

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

DECREE OF AUGUST 8, 2018
THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, using the powers conferred on him by art. 84, caput, item XXI, of the Constitution, and as Grand Master of the National Order of the Southern Cross, resolves TO ADMIT
in the National Order of the Souther Cross, in the grade of the Grand Cross, THOMAS SUKUTAI BVUMA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Brasília, August 8, 2018; 197 of Independence and 130 of the Republic.
MICHEL TEMER (President of the Federative Republic of Brazil)
ALOYSIO NUNES FERREIRA FILHO (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil).