Embassy staff recalled

President Robert Mugabe has recalled all staff from the Zimbabwean embassy here, barely a month after the recall of former Ambassador to South Africa, Phelekezela Mphoko.

Phelekezela Mphoko
Phelekezela Mphoko

A source among the outgoing crew said acting ambassador Charles Mhago and members of his staff were, just like Mphoko, accused of being “soft” towards protestors, especially members of the secessionist grouping Mthwakazi Liberation Front.

“We were first suspended and then ordered to report to Harare, but we have not been given a deadline,” he said. “It looks like MLF members kept posting on Facebook that they were holding meetings with embassy staff and government agents kept monitoring those posts.”

“We did hold some meetings with secessionist groups but not because we support them. It is part of our job to listen to their grievances as their government representatives and most of the time, we managed to convince them from protesting,” he added.

There was no indication early this week on when the staff would finally leave and when the yet-to-be-named new ambassador would be deployed. Efforts to get a comment from the Foreign Affairs ministry were fruitless.

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