Zimbabwe Info Secretary Slams U.S. for Making Derogatory Human-Rights Comment

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Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services George Charama slammed the U.S.’s ability to give advice on human rights due to country’s ongoing issues of injustice. (The Zimbabwe Mail)

Fidelis Munyoro — 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 George Charamba said. Responding to a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Harare Feb. 7 that expressed concern over the arrest of #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire and the incarceration of self-proclaimed pastor Phillip Mugadza, Charamba said the U.S. government was quick to accuse other nations of human rights abuses each time its regime-change chess game was thwarted.

Charamba had no kind words for the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Harry Thomas, for crossing the red line by criticizing 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. 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,” Charamba said. “Whoever that person is is a leftover 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,” Charamba said. “They can go and hang on a banana tree.”

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