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Mugabe's Party Warns US, West Against Interfering in Internal Politics

  • Blessing  Zulu

Zanu-PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo is accusing the United States and other western governments of using local non-governmental organizations to interfere in Zimbabwe’s internal politics.

Mr. Moyo made the remarks in a meeting with U.S ambassador Bruce Wharton and Swiss ambassador Luciano Lavazzari.

The three met at Zanu-PF headqurters in Harare on Tuesday. In response, the U.S said it is only interested in supporting national development.

Human rights groups accuse the police of clamping down on civil society organizations and democracy campaingers ahead of the constitutional referendum and general elections expected later this year.

President Robert Mugabe is yet to proclaim the dates for the referendum and general elections.

Police say they are only working to ensure peace as Moyo accused NGOs of tarnishing the image of the country and instigating violence.

Despite the accusations, American ambassador Wharton said the meeting with Zanu-PF was cordial, though acknowledging that there were disagreements.

When asked about the NGO agenda, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition cordinatior MacDonald Lewanika dismissed suggestions that they are interfereing in the nation’s politics.