Zanu PF National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo has warned U.S ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Charles Ray to stop meddling in the countryâ€™s internal affairs through reckless public statements which criticise Zanu PF officials in government.Ambassador Ray, who paid a courtesy call on the Zanu PF National Chairman, has been making headlines in the private media for criticising government and Zanu PF policies.
Ambassador Ray is also on record for saying his country will not fold hands and watch while human rights are being abused in Zimbabwe.
Ambassador Khaya Moyo said it is undiplomatic for the US ambassador to make controversial statements on issues concerning the Zimbabwean government and Zanu PF, adding that Zimbabwe is a sovereign nation which does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations.
â€œIf the US ambassador has any burning issues it is important to discuss them rather than rush to the media,â€ said Ambassador Khaya Moyo.
In response, Ambassador Ray said the reason why he makes statements which are usually based on assumptions is that he has on several occasions tried to have meetings with top government officials but to no avail.
He suggested that both parties should turn on a new leaf and work on ways to move forward.
Despite Zimbabwe not having a bilateral dispute with the US as is the case with Britain, the US has been at the forefront of criticising the Zimbabwean government and even spearheading the imposition of illegal sanctions.
On 21 December 2001, the then US President George Bush signed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA) into law. The law virtually put illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.