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Mugabe to recall MDC ambassadors

At least five of the envoys at Zimbabwe’s 47 diplomatic missions were drawn from the MDC.

At least five of the envoys at Zimbabwe’s 47 diplomatic missions were drawn from the MDC. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is expected to recall and replace in the next few days members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) who have served as the country's ambassadors overseas under the outgoing coalition government.

The diplomatic envoys are likely to return home after Mugabe announces a new cabinet, which he's expected to do this week.

At least five of the envoys at the country's 47 diplomatic missions were drawn from the MDC.

They've served in Australia, Germany, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

However following the victory of Mugabe's party in elections in July, these envoys will now be recalled to the country along with their colleagues and will likely not be reassigned.

Top foreign affairs ministry official Joey Bimha told the Sunday Mail the envoys were only contracted to serve a four-year term when they were appointed in 2009 when the power-sharing agreement came into effect.

Bimha says the appointment of new ambassadors will likely take place after Mugabe appoints his new cabinet, which, nearly six weeks since the elections, still hasn't been announced.

MDC WOES

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's chief prosecutor on Thursday ordered police to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai's legal team following contempt of court allegations.

The lawyers are accused of bringing the judiciary into disrepute when they questioned the impartiality of Zimbabwean judges in an election application last month.

The allegations relate to Tsvangirai's attempt to challenge the results of the 31 July presidential poll.

The MDC leader wanted access to ballot boxes so their contents could be studied and possibly used as evidence in his case.

His lawyers went to the high court to try and force the electoral commission to release them.

Attorney-General Johannes Tomana told the official Herald newspaper that the case has now been referred to police who will see whether the lawyers can be charged.