By ZBC Reporter
THE minister of home affairs has issued a “stern” warning to opposition politicians Saviour Kasukuwere and Job Sikhala and deplored the anti-government activism of some foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe over.
Home affairs and cultural heritage minister Honourable Kazembe Kazembe was speaking during a press conference in Harare Monday where he dismissed rumours of an imminent coup which would reportedly usher in a transitional authority excluding the ruling Zanu PF.
“Government would like to sternly warn the purveyors of this medley of falsehoods, who include such characters as Saviour Kasukuwere, Job Sikhala and a coterie of their accomplices who we are of, not to cry foul when the long arm of Zimbabwean law catches with them in due course,” said the minister.
Security services chiefs attended the press conference along with the ministers of defence and state security.
Kasukuwere is a former cabinet minister and leader of the so-called G40 now in self-imposed exile after the group splintered as the New Dispensation came into power while Sikhala is part of the senior leadership of the opposition MDC Alliance.
Minister Kazembe said the duo were peddling the false coup and transitional authority narrative using opposition aligned media and civil society organisations under the control of some diplomatic missions accredited to Harare.
He also deplored the conduct of some foreign missions accredited to Zimbabwe who were “misleading their capitals” about the situation in the country.
“Some foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe have, quite often, not shied from engaging in anti-government activism which renders it difficult to differentiate them from card-carrying members of the opposition.
“They also have, in the process, brazenly jettisoned any semblance of diplomatic impartiality and finesse in blatant violation of the peremptory norms of international law.
“This has resulted in the quite surprising adversarial stands and policies that some of the Big Powers are then pronouncing against Zimbabwe.”
Minister Kazembe said the government was however still committed to its engagement and re-engagement policy
“We are talking both to existing friends and to those who have opted, without basis, to characterise us as an adversary State in the belief that we can build a new understanding for the mutual benefit of our peoples.”