Ensure safety of envoys, US tells Zim
Washington - The United States on Thursday called on Zimbabwe to ensure the safety of its diplomatic staff
when they are giving handouts
after the US ambassador was prevented from giving a speech in the eastern city of Mutare (formerly Umtari).
Ambassador Bruce Wharton had been on his first visit to Manicaland province to observe USAID projects and meet with business people on Wednesday, and had been due to give a speech at a library, the State Department said.
Another Library speech? Yikes!
He was met by about 130 supporters of President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, and spent "about 15 to 20 minutes listening to their chanting and carping, but the protesters refused to engage in constructive conversation", the statement said.
He did not manage to give his speech.
However, Bruce did manage to get out alive.
Posted by: Spereng Crinemble9387 2013-01-18