The Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Rene Cremonese says it is not the duty of heads of foreign missions to dictate to their host countries how they must run their internal affairs.

The envoy said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda in Harare today.

“It is a misnomer for any member of the diplomatic corps to dictate how Zimbabwe must run its internal affairs,” said Ambassador Cremonese.

He added that Zimbabwe must not be pressured into making hasty the legislative reform agenda, stating that the process takes time to complete.

“Legislation made in haste is often a bad legislation,” said the Ambassador.

Ambassador Cremonese urged foreign missions in Zimbabwe to focus on enhancing cooperation and collaboration with Zimbabwe in different areas of interest.

For Canada, Ambassador Cremonese said Zimbabwe must start implementing legislation to ensure gender equality.

The envoy’s comments vindicate Zimbabwe’s long held position that the country must be left alone to exercise its sovereignty in light of other foreign missions that have in the past often exhibited tendencies of interference with the country’s internal affairs.