An unnamed diplomat from the United States Embassy, Harare, reportedly visited the ruling ZANU PF party last week to pledge Washington’s support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.
According to ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa, the American government official visited the party’s offices and said the US will no longer back the opposition against the ruling party.
Mutsvangwa made the claim while addressing a ZANU PF Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting in Chinhoyi on Sunday. NewZimbabwe.com quoted Mutsvangwa as saying:
Let me tell you that three days ago, for the very first time, a top diplomat who was representing the Ambassador, who is yet to come, came to our ZANU PF party offices.
The diplomat said we have come because you are faced with elections, so we want to assure you that we have dug a hole in the ground and spat to say never again shall we side with only one party … this time around, all of your parties are equal.
America will accept the outcome of the 2023 harmonised elections expected to be held in a free and fair environment.
We as ZANU PF have maintained we are friends to all and enemies to none.
Relations between the ZANU PF-led government and the United States became strained at the turn of the Millenium after Harare embarked on the fast-track land reform programme.