US brushes off Mugabe claims

HARARE - United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas said President Robert Mugabe’s claims that the West is meddling in local politics are not true, adding that America has actually increased aid to the southern African nation.

Mugabe has accused foreign embassies of backing the protests against him that rocked Harare recently.

The American envoy, however, said Washington remains committed to Zimbabwe and was unfazed by the accusations.

“I think all serious people would know that is not true,” Thomas said on Saturday.

“On Friday, President (Barack) Obama announced another $41 million dollars in aid to Zimbabwe. You can’t let name-calling affect your ability to help people who are food insecure,” he added.

Apart from the United States, 92-year-old Mugabe’s allies have also blamed France for being the “third force” behind the anti-Mugabe campaigns, something Zimbabweans have taken as an insult to their intelligence.

Thomas said he respected free speech in whatever form it comes in as it was enshrined in both the Zimbabwean Constitution as well as the American.

“We believe in free speech, anybody can say what they like without fear of reprisal whether they are in Zimbabwe or the United States. The Zimbabwean Constitution of 2013 and the American Constitution guarantee free speech,” he said.

Despite the protests, social and economic upheaval, Thomas told the Daily News that America was “proudly” Zimbabwe’s donor.

“I would just like to say the United States is proud to be the largest donor to Zimbabwe. There is a $138 million President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. We are giving $130 million in food aid for food insecurity. In the next few months, we will be feeding one million of the 4,8 million Zimbabweans who are food insecure.

“We give $10 million to civil society organisations to help make them sustainable and help other Zimbabweans across the breadth and depth this nation.

“So while everybody has their opinion, I am very pleased that we do all of these things and I am sure you will that they are only two large cranes in Harare now, and one of them is our embassy that going up on a $180 million project. 700 Zimbabweans work there on a daily basis in all types from labourers, to architects to surveyors and there’s $32 million going to their families in salaries in US dollars and they will continue to be paid in US dollars as they continue to work for  us. I think that shows our commitment to the Zimbabwean people,” Thomas said.

Comments (8)

Ambassader yu will be arrested .cops are on their way to yo embassy.its criminal here to undermine our president.This is not US.Here a cirtificate to open yo mouth maybe required,then police clearence for the person to hear what yu saying.Then wht yu say must be inline wth praising the revolutionary leader.My advice to yu sir,now tht yo arrest is imminent, give a tip of $50, to the arresting officers so they can tell yo wife which station to bring yo food.Most likely it will be Matapi police station.

viola gwena - 2 August 2016

Ko nhai Viola wajamuka kanhi?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 2 August 2016

Asi kuramba tichi undermainirwa president like that?ma yuths edu will be ready to demonstrate at that emassy he is building.Cde kasukuwere is identifying a derilict farm near harare to promise these gallant yuths.We have asigned Cde chinotimba to find enuf krongo for the exercise.A speech is being prepared by cde charamba who must deliver a stinging speech for this whiteman, im sure he is white American.Achationa.

viola gwena - 2 August 2016

For over four decades Mugabe has been pointing fingers at others for any problem (real or imagined) that comes along. There has never been a time he has said I was wrong, its my fault. Even the disappearence of USD15 billion, he never takes any responsibility. We know that leaders assign and delegate duties but can not and should note delegate accountability. The buck stops with you Mr President. Scapegoating others and other nations is a craft you mustered well. Unfortunately this time around, all can see that it is you and you alone to blame. Dindingwe nemavara aro... Hanzi zvinonakidza uchapakira mavhu kumashure kweumwe... kana iye opakira kwako wotanga kuti mukosho wangu wakutsemukira.

gudo - 2 August 2016

Thank you for being candid ambassador. Discerning readers will clearly see productive work vs propaganda. I liked the bit about the 2 cranes. Some children in Zim will grow up not knowing what a crane is otherwise....and meanwhile some politicians reckon parceling out housing stands is a grand idea, of course when you give whats not yours you fool the stupid ones.

Sagitarr - 2 August 2016

Gen Collin Powell,one of the most decorated US military generals,once said,Mugabe will destroy until there is nothing to destroy.True, his prediction had come to pass and Zimbabwe was on the verge of total collapse as a state in 2008.It appears Mugabe never learnt anything from that grim past as he is prepared to drag the country back to that episode.He failed to take advantage of the gains made by the GNU.The problem is that he is so selfish and considers that everyone is wrong,even his ministers except himself and that all ills the country is facing are manufactured by the West.As long as he remains in a defensive mode nothing would be resolved in this country.

Gen. Spinola - 2 August 2016

Mugabe nolonger deserves attention and respect. ignore his tantrums. he is the most boring leader on earth. the more you talk about him the more yaanoita manyawi like ndumurwa.

tangakufunga - 2 August 2016

The other crane is at Makandiwa's lodge or something in Glenn loane along we enterprise road

Weje - 3 August 2016

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