Colonial master absolves self from Zim’s problemsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – FORMER colonial master, Britain, has rejected claims by the Zimbabwean government it was fueling unrest in the Southern African country and seeking to effect regime change.
President Robert Mugabe’s government, which is facing immense pressure over the deteriorating economic and political situation, has blamed the West of sponsoring individuals and groups to stage demonstrations.
Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, refuted the claims her county was interfering in the troubled country’s domestic affairs.
“The UK does not have a vote in any future Zimbabwean election,” she said.
“Accordingly we do not and will not support any particular candidate, faction or party.”
Laing nonetheless noted in recent weeks the emergence of police brutality and attacks by the government on peaceful social media based movements.
She said when combined with the ongoing failure of the police to enforce court orders around illegal land invasions, this painted a “worrying picture.”
Mugabe, in power for 36 years, is facing pressure to quit.
In a unprecedented move, liberation war veterans, who waged the war that culminated in independence in 1980, have joined the opposition in calling for the 92-year-old to step down.
He has resisted such calls and shown a determination to seek re-election in 2018.
– CAJ News
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