Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party on Monday accused the United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, for funding and propagating violence in Zimbabwe, as the nation heads towards 31 July demonstration against corruption, which has been labelled by the government as a façade meant to overthrow the Zanu-PF led government.
Speaking at a press conference Zanu-PF’s acting spokesman Patrick Chinamasa threatened to deport the U.S ambassador, if he continues in assisting disturbances in Zimbabwe.
“He continues to engage in acts of undermining this republic and if he does so, if he continues engaging in acts of mobilising and funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training insurgents, our leadership will not hesitate to give him marching orders,” said Chinamasa.
Chinamasa further labeled Nicholas as a mere thug. The United States is globally considered as the mother lode of democracy, but the Zanu-pf acting spokesperson maintained that Zimbabwe has nothing to learn from the U.S government which preaches democracy without practicing.
“Diplomats should not behave like thugs and Brian Nichols is a thug. We remind Nichols that he is not a super Diplomat in this country. There are several Diplomats seconded to this republic from African Union countries and the world over…What has the United States has to offer in terms of values and human rights observance when his own African American people are treated like rats in full view of world media ,” added Chinamasa.
Chinamasa claimed that Nichols’ predecessor, Christopher Dell, made attempts to topple a Zanu-PF led government during his work time in Zimbabwe and failed.
“Nichols should learn from his predecessor… He tried it and he realised the shoes were too big for him. Don’t dare Zimbabwe, we are waiting for you,” highlighted Chinamasa.
“I want to warn them (foreign diplomats) that it is high time to know that Zimbabwe is a sovereign Republic and we are a full sovereign state under the Montevideo Convention. The US ambassador whom I am told is African-American, must be totally ashamed of himself,” warned Chinamasa.
The United States embassy in Zimbabwe has been far and wide condemning abuse of human rights, abductions and torture of citizens who are considered to be dissents by the Zanu-pf lead government, including the recent arrest of a prominent journalist Hopewell and organizer of the much awaited 31 July demonstration Jacob Ngarivhume, who are currently in jail.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Monday held a virtual meeting with 21 African Heads of Mission in Harare to brief them on the recent arrest of Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, as the duo’s arrest sparked international outrage.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent.