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Zanu-PF labels US ambassador a ‘thug who trains insurgents’

Zanu-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa labelled US ambassador Brian Nichols a thug, accusing him of fronting what he termed a “coterie of gangsters and mercenaries disguised as diplomats”.

FILE: Zanu-PF's Patrick Chinamasa. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s ruling party has labelled the US ambassador to Harare a thug and accused him of training insurgents.

Tensions are rising in the country ahead of a planned opposition demonstration this Friday.

This was a strongly worded statement that won't go down with the US embassy.

Zanu-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa labelled US ambassador Brian Nichols a thug, accusing him of fronting what he termed a “coterie of gangsters and mercenaries disguised as diplomats”.

Chinamasa also accused the ambassador of funding disturbances in the country, and co-ordinating violence and insurgency.

The US embassy has not yet responded to these allegations, which come ahead of anti-corruption protests planned by the opposition for this Friday.

The ruling party believes the protests are an attempt to unseat it.

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