Zimbabwe’s ruling party threatens to expel “thug” U.S. ambassador

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Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier resembling U.S. Embassy in recent weeks has repeatedly called on Mnangagwa’s government to respect human rights.Mnangagwa had pledged to repair relations with the U.S. Zimbabwe’s government in recent weeks has increasingly accused the U.S. ambassador of funding protests, threatens expulsion

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U.S. and Western countries when he took over from the late Robert Mugabe in 2017, even offering President Donald Trump some land to build a golf course in the tourist town of Victoria Falls. sanctions for alleged abuses.But relations now echo the days of Mugabe, when Western ambassadors were routinely threatened with expulsion. Embassy of supporting anti-government activists who are piling pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the economy collapses amid new allegations of corruption and human rights abuses.The embassy denies the accusations of meddling in local politics in the southern African country. Yet, the govt prosecutes them instead of the culprits. First published on July 28, 2020 / 5:46 AM Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s ruling party has threatened the United States ambassador with expulsion, calling him a “thug” and accusing him of funding organizers of anti-government protests planned for Friday. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, left, shakes hands during a courtesy call with Zimbabwean President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa at his official residence in Harare, in an August 15, 2018 file photo. JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty

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In the past week, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa and foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo have accused Western countries of sponsoring Hopewell Chin’ono, a prominent journalist known for exposing alleged government corruption, and Jacob Ngarivhume, an opposition politician behind the planned protests. Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono (R) is present while police conduct a search of his home offices in Harare, July 21, 2020, a day after he was arrested and charged with incitement to commit public violence. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Ruling ZANU-PF party spokesman Patrick Chinamasa on Monday said U.S. Our leadership will not hesitate to give him marching orders.” He added: “Diplomats should not behave like thugs, and Brian Nichols is a thug.”The embassy did not immediately comment on that. warship

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They have been detained for a week on allegations of organizing the planned protests. Mnangagwa himself remains under U.S. Activists Hopewell Chin’ono, @jngarivhume, #MDCTrio, @VOANews’ @FrankChikowore & @263Chat’s @takawirasam answered @edmnangagwa’s call to end corruption. Ambassador Brian Nichols and a “coterie of gangsters” should stop “mobilizing and funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training insurgency. Zimbabwe ruling party accuses “thug” U.S. pic.twitter.com/1koJ3d7OmZ— U.S. Every dollar lost to corruption is #ADollarStolen from the Zim people. The police have said they are looking for several other activists and politicians it accuses of mobilizing the protests.