Zimbabwe accuses US envoy of trying to demonize country
ZIMBABWE: The U.S. ambassador is trying to "demonize" Zimbabwe, a
state-owned newspaper charged Wednesday, a day after the envoy and other
diplomats were detained for an hour at a police roadblock.
U.S. Ambassador James McGee and other diplomats had been
investigating allegations of state-sponsored political violence. The
Herald, a government mouthpiece, accused McGee of breaching protocol by
leading a fact-finding mission outside Harare.
U.S. Embassy officials, though, said the Foreign Ministry had been
informed, as required. McGee "has been on a spirited campaign to
demonize the government ahead of the presidential election runoff," the
The government has denied reports from opposition officials and human
rights groups of government-orchestrated violence meant to undermine
support for the opposition before a runoff. Opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai claims he won the presidential race outright.
But official results released weeks after the poll showed he did not
win enough votes to avoid a second round against longtime President
Robert Mugabe. No date for a runoff has been set.
Harare, Wednesday, AP