Govt ac­cuses France, US of protest plot

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES -

Zim­babwe on Sun­day ac­cused the US and French em­bassies of back­ing street protests and a na­tional work boy­cott which closed busi­nesses and paral­ysed the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem last week.

The strike ac­tion was the lat­est in a se­ries of protests over grow­ing eco­nomic hard­ship blamed on the poli­cies of 92-year-old Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, who has been in power for 36 years.

“We have gath­ered from our in­tel­li­gence that there was in­volve­ment of western em­bassies in all these dis­tur­bances that have been tak­ing place,” the state-owned Sun­day Mail news­pa­per quoted home af­fairs min­is­ter Ig­natius Chombo as say­ing.

The news­pa­per re­ported that US am­bas­sador Harry Thomas had in May met one of the or­gan­is­ers of last week’s work boy­cott, the cleric Evan Mawarire, and that French am­bas­sador Lau­rent De­la­housse was “be­lieved to have met Mawarire sev­eral times”.

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