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Contrary To What Ambassador Nichols Is Saying, Zimbabwe Has A Vibrant Democracy, Free Press, Independent Judiciary & The Govt Respects The Citizens’ Rights – SB Moyo

The Ministry on International Relations and Foreign Trade has released a statement that sternly warns the US Ambassador against attacking the Zimbabwean government because according to the statement his “attacks” can only further worsen the diplomatic relations between Washington and Harare, The Herald reports.

The Ministry was responding to the interview Ambassador Nichols had with a South African publication Times Live in which he said SADC was supposed to take action against the Zimbabwean government.

The strong-worded statement constantly pointed out that Ambassador Nichols was contravening the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations act in “attacking” Zimbabwe.

The statement which further sells the government’s narrative that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe because there is freedom of the press, the judiciary is not captured and there are no human rights violations reads in part:

The Zimbabwe Government once again expresses its utter dismay at the actions by the United States Ambassador Mr Brian Nichols in continuing to make disparaging public comments and attacks on the Zimbabwe Government’s political and economic programmes in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which governs the rules for the exchange and treatment of envoys between States, as well as their behaviour.

This is despite a reminder from the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs in October 2019 that such activities were at variance with the obligations placed on a diplomatic mission, representative or agent of a foreign government by the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations to respect the rules of diplomatic conduct,” the statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade reads.

Furthermore, diplomatic channels for communication of any concerns to the Zimbabwe Government do exist and Ambassador Nichols is encouraged to make use of these, instead of engaging in the megaphone diplomacy of casting aspersions on the Zimbabwe Government and dabbling in local politics including pushing an agenda meant to prop up the fortunes of an opposition which is trying to sell a dummy to the world, that there is a political crisis in Zimbabwe. The truth of the matter is that there simply is no such crisis in Zimbabwe.

Ambassador Nichols’ actions are objectionable and stand in contravention of Diplomatic Missions’ obligations under the Vienna Convention.  The Ambassador has a responsibility to carry out his legitimate functions without unduly attacking the Zimbabwe Government. He is therefore urged to cease forthwith any actions which result in not only further harming relations between Zimbabwe and the United States, but are also a flagrant violation of protocol, etiquette and the basic tenets of the Vienna Convention

Contrary to claims by Ambassador Nichols that Zimbabwe lacked democracy and that the Government ignored human rights, Zimbabwe actually has a vibrant democracy which is buttressed by a free Press and an independent judiciary and the Government respects the rights of Zimbabweans

Late last month the ruling party attacked the American Ambassador and called him a thug before threatening to expel him.

More: The Herald 

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One Comment on “Contrary To What Ambassador Nichols Is Saying, Zimbabwe Has A Vibrant Democracy, Free Press, Independent Judiciary & The Govt Respects The Citizens’ Rights – SB Moyo

  1. If that’s what you think moyo you just keep eating those magic mushrooms and smoke more mbanje because you are very deluded
    What part did you play in gukurandi by the way

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