The Zimbabwean government has reportedly summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the assault on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Sibusiso Busi Moyo, and his delegation in London last week.
Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador, Pavelyn Musaka, yesterday said that the government was concerned with the attack on Moyo which is attributed to ‘shocking negligence’ by security services. Musaka said:
Our Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr Giles Enticknap, to register our Government’s protest against the assault on Minister Moyo and his Zimbabwe delegation to the Global Conference for Media Freedom co-ordinated by the government of the United Kingdom.
As organisers of the event, it was incumbent upon the Government of the UK to assess the threat level for all dignitaries and to provide undercover security details to protect Honourable Minister Moyo in the event of any unforeseen security situations arising.
The Ministry wishes to inform our compatriots, members of the public that while Government of Zimbabwe respects the rights to freedom and the rights of its citizens to demonstrate peacefully as part of the democratic process be it here in Zimbabwe, in the UK or any part of the world that our delegations are invited to visit whether in their official capacity or in the personal capacities it objects to the assaults on Minister Moyo as head of the Zimbabwean delegation.
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