ZANU- PF secretary for Youth Affairs and party chief whip Pupurai Togarepi has on Monday called the United States of America ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian A. Nichols to order and advised him to stay away from Zimbabwean politics amid concerns that he is sponsoring the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) demonstrations.
He was however quick to point out that his party was championing re-engagement with previously hostile nations but cannot be bullied.
Togarepi was addressing journalists at the Zanu-PF Headquarters on Monday when he condemned the ambassador for meddling in local politics supporting the opposition party MDC.
Zimbabwe is currently facing economic hardships that have been worsened by sanctions imposed by the United States and according to Togarepi the sanctions were brought in by MDC whom he referred to as “terrorists.”
“We are very concerned about the behaviour of the American Ambassador in Zimbabwe. He is meddling in our politics.”
“This ambassador in our view is sponsoring this terror group. This same ambassador is like aiding division and violence caused by MDC.”
“We would want to remain friends of America and to work with everyone from the international community but this ambassador has proved beyond doubt that he is the sponsor of terrorist behaviour that we see in MDC,” he said.
Zanu-PF youth League will write to the Dean of ambassadors complaining about the issue and Togarepi has urged the American government to shape it’s ambassador citing that he has a propensity to run Zimbabwean politics.
“We call upon the American government and it’s people to look at this behavior and shape their ambassador.”
“From this point, we are going to write to the Dean of Ambassadors in Zimbabwe, complaining about the behaviour of the American ambassador. He is not the only ambassador here.”
“He behaves like he would want to run our affairs and politics in Zimbabwe. He behaves as if he is the referee of some sort in our politics. Mr Nichols, we don’t like you, we don’t want you to interfere with our politics,” he said.
This comes when Ambassador Nichols, his deputy Thomas Hastings and regional security officer Patrick Bellinger, including Mrs Nichols and Mrs Hastings, were seen with MDC deputy chairperson Job Sikhala on Thursday at his homestead in St Mary’s, Chitungwiza at the eve of the planned demonstrations.
The United States of America is blamed for causing mayhem in Zimbabwe.