Political analyst, Eldred Masunungure has said that threats that were made by Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo to USA ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian Nichols recently undermined efforts of re-engagement between the USA and Zimbabwe.
Moyo had threatened to dismiss the diplomat for allegedly acting in a manner contrary to international law when he made comments on Zimbabwe’s anti-sanctions march.
It was, in a way a reflex action (Minister Moyo’s statement) that could have been influenced by some people in Government, the ruling party or the ministry itself by the US ambassador’s statement and the embassy’s subsequent tweets.
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There is little doubt that the statement erodes the potential of re-engagement with the US. The situation has escalated in the past few weeks to make it difficult now in terms of understanding how it will end.
He observed further that although it was necessary to deescalate the situation, pride could hinder progress as both sides might not be willing to take the first step.
Whilst another analyst, Obert Gutu is of the view that the two countries will soon find each other, another analyst, Goodwine Mureriwa, thinks that Nichols had gone too far hence Moyo’s statement was necessary.
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