Govt blasts US

george charambaFidelis Munyoro Senior Reporter—
The United States government is the least qualified nation to comment on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe given its international record as the worst human rights violator, Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba has said. Responding to a statement issued by the US embassy in Harare yesterday which expressed concern over the arrest of #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire and the incarceration of self-proclaimed pastor Phillip Mugadza, Mr Charamba said the US government was quick to accuse other nations of human rights abuses each time its regime change chess-game was thwarted.

Mr Charamba had no kind words for the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Harry Thomas (Jnr) for crossing the red line by criticising the country over the arrest of Mawarire last week.

Mawarire has been charged with subverting a constitutionally-elected Government and if convicted, faces a lengthy prison term. Mr Charamba said whoever issued the statement was not competent to talk about the human rights status in Zimbabwe.

“We are waiting for a cue from a new government,” said Mr Charamba. “Whoever that person is, is a left over from a terrible era. Is it because this person (Mawarire) is their agent?”

He said it was interesting to note that the statement was coming from an official under the immediate past Obama administration whose future was not even certain in the new dispensation.

“He thinks he can boss over us,” said Mr Charamba adding, “They can go and hang on a banana tree.” A legal expert Mr Tendai Toto said Zimbabwe is a functional constitutional democracy with institutions prescribed by the Constitution to guarantee the promotion, recognition and protection of human rights to its citizens and inhabitants.

He said where the State, through the police, has reasonable suspicion that an offence has been committed, due process has been followed.

“It is ordinarily up to the court of law to ensure that suspected criminals are either set free or convicted. But before that is done, it is the duty of the police and prosecution to set the rule of law into motion,” said Mr Toto.

The lawyer said where a matter is sub judice, it was wrong for anybody to pre-empt the fate of the suspected persons. “The comments by the US government can be viewed as irresponsible considering that due process is yet to be administered.”

The US military has held 779 prisoners without trial at the Guantánamo Prison Camp since it opened on January 11, 2002.

In the statement yesterday the United States embassy said it was extremely concerned by ‘‘the continuing deterioration’’ of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, as evidenced by the unwarranted arrest and continued detention of Mawarire and the incarceration of Mugadza.

The US government also called on Zimbabwe to respect the rule of law and legal due process provided by the Constitution. A political analyst who preferred anonymity said the US government had no mandate to comment on human rights issues the world over, Zimbabwe in particular.

“There is so much muck in the US backyard and the Americans are the least people at the moment to talk about human rights violations when they have not only violated the rights of millions of people the world over but are also killing and maiming even innocent children,” said the analyst.

“Zimbabwe does not need America for it to understand what human rights are,” she said. Several people also posted on Facebook expressing dismay, reminding the US that it committed a heinous crime by imposing illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe, hence should keep its nose from Zimbabwean affairs.

Said Mr Simon Massey: “Your sanctions on Zimbabwe are a crime against every single Zimbabwean and until you drop them, you have not right to tell those who rule Zimbabwe what to do.”

Mr Massey said the US’ hypocritical concern for Zimbabweans’ right to free speech should be balanced with the knowledge that itself and Britain have lobbied for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Zimbabwe that do little or nothing to inhibit the freedoms of the wealthy elite at whom they are supposed to be targetted, but harm every single citizen of the country instead.

“Your policies towards Zimbabwe have deliberately crippled the country and curtailed her economy,” said Mr Massey. “The damage blamed in fast-track land reform is the fault of the US, Britain and the European Union sanctions.

“As an example, Zimbabweans with a Zimbabwean paypal account are restricted from earning money through paypal because of USA sanctions! How does this restrict (President) Mugabe and his elite? Are you concerned he might sell some diamonds or some uranium on his paypal account?”

Another Facebook fanatic Mr Edward Ndirangu said the US could not express concern on the situation in Zimbabwe since President Trump assumed office. “In fact, Harare should be expressing concern about the human rights violations being witnessed in the US,” he said.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Our misguided brother, unwise Mawarire should not be a willing tool for anarchy in our country. If he is serious about the need for a new government in this country , he stands advised to organize for support in a non lunatic fringe manner, by forming a political party or join the other hopeless existing opposition parties. Our clear democratic timeline is vividly showing 2018 as the year to elect a government within the confines our constitution. Any jumping and puffing illegally to attract Western donor finance and sympathy is not an advisable way of starting a political career and a sinister livelihood in a country suffering from economic nadir because of sanctions imposed by the evil US and its satanic allies. This nation needs no lectures on democracy and human rights from a stooge US ambassador , whose government hands are dirty from the stinking issues of murdering innocent Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi in order to illegally loot oil resources.

  • Hungwe

    The US government has no right to tell zimbabweans what to do . Jus to mention but a few , your incarceration of Chelsea Manning ,Guantanamo bay .your continued support for the discrimination of Palestinian people Clearly shows that you do not respect human rights

    • Mhofu Chaiyo

      For the record, the US doesnt abuse its own citizens, like our government do.

  • James

    Makawachiswa nezuro mdara.Mvura yati tamira kunaya here mugadzire mapotholes?

  • yowe

    Why so mad??? Answer a simple question uri ani asingabvunzwi

  • George

    You can’t force USA to trade with you. If they don’t want to trade with you then why do you call it sanctions? Are they not a sovereign nation like you. Keep your Zimbabwe and they keep their America. I’ve zvawakapuwa munda why don’t you invest your returns into Zimbabwe? And we know most government ministers have hundreds of millions stashed in foreign accounts. Why don’t they invest that in the country. By the way ZANU has made it clear they want companies to be owned by Zimbabweans, so why does staying out of Zimbabwe become synonymous with sanctions. The US has decided to ignore Zimbabwe and that’s not a crime. It’s not even sanctions. If ZANU leaves today investors will come without listening to any talk about sanctions. Ok Dangote akaregerei kuuya? Is he part of the sanctions regime? Iwe urinani unosupporter ZANU nekuti pane zvauri kudya nayo. What makes me wonder is why a poor person would sing ZANU praises uchirara nenzara nekuponeswa nemadonor ekuUSA.

  • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

    Which sanctions we looked east karekare ..lets talk zvimwe

  • Tarubva

    Rubbish! “Determining our own destination” by stealing Zimdef funds?

  • Андрій Миколайович

    Российский санкционный режим пообещал неграм защиту, вот недоразвитые и раздули щёки. Что внуки смердов, что африканцы – недоразвитые .

  • yowe

    our problems cannot be all put on the US… look at our leadership and how corrupt they are