Monday, November 07, 2005

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Zimbabwe 'will summon' US envoy.

Mr Dell blamed food shortages on corruption. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is expected to summon the United States ambassador to explain recent critical remarks about the Zimbabwe government. State media in Zimbabwe report that Ambassador Christopher Dell is to be summoned this week. They quote government sources as saying that Mr Dell has meddled in Zimbabwe's internal affairs. Last week, Mr Dell said the Zimbabwe government was responsible for the country's current food crisis.
By encouraging people to place the blame of the country's economic collapse squarely on the shoulders of the government, Dell was calling for the people on Zimbabwe to rebel - The Sunday Mail
The Sunday Mail quoted "impeccable sources" in the foreign affairs ministry as saying the government had "had enough" of Mr Dell's "undiplomatic behaviour" and would want him "to explain why he is meddling in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe". On Monday, the state-run daily the Herald went further, suggesting that Mr Dell "risks being expelled for his continued meddling in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe".
The Sunday Mail's comment page accused Mr Dell of "sowing seeds of anarchy and encouraging an uprising". "By encouraging people to place the blame of the country's economic collapse squarely on the shoulders of the government and ignore the Western sanctions factor, Dell was calling for the people on Zimbabwe to rebel," the newspaper said.
During a lecture in the eastern Zimbabwean city of Mutare last week, Mr Dell said corruption was to blame for food shortages. The government blames Zimbabwe's economic problems on sanctions. The Sunday Mail also referred to an incident last month, when Mr Dell was detained by presidential guards after walking into a restricted area near the presidential residence.
Relations between the US and Zimbabwe have soured in recent years, with Washington accusing Mr Mugabe's government of rigging elections and abusing human rights. The UN says up to three million people in Zimbabwe need food aid, and has criticised Zimbabwe for refusing aid.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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