ZANU PF spokesperson and Secretary for Information and Publicity, Christopher Mutsvangwa, said that Britain should remember that Zimbabwe is a sovereign country and should therefore desist from interfering in the internal affairs of its former colony.
This comes after the UK Minister of State for the Pacific and the International Environment, Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith recently told the House of Lords that Zimbabwe is yet to meet certain conditions to be readmitted into the Commonwealth.
Lord Jonathan Oates also told the British House of Lords that the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC Alliance is nothing but a ruling ZANU PF party project.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Harare on Tuesday, 3 May, Mutsvangwa said the United Kingdom should keep out of Zimbabwe’s internal affairs. Said Mutsvangwa:
To debate Zimbabwe in the British Parliament, we are 42 years into Independence.
We just celebrated our 42 years of Independence last month. We are now the second generation of free Zimbabweans.
One would have thought that just as much as the independence is so now much engraved in Zimbabwean culture, the British public, the British Government, and the British establishments will also by this time have forgotten that they used to colonise Zimbabwe.
This [interference] we reject with the contempt it deserves. We condemn it as it is against the norms of the United Nations where Britain is a founder and a sovereign member.
A founder member notwithstanding, it was an imperial power which was ruling many countries, at that time including Rhodesia, purporting and preaching democracy as the virtues of founding aspirations of the United Nations. But they were still colonial masters to us.
… We say to the British, much as you guard your imperial hankering to be master of Zimbabwe, we will also jealously guard our Independence.