"Zimbabwean Revolution Inspiring International Community"

Published: 2016 July 15 06:08:48 (1652 Views)
ZIMBABWE - The calls for mass protests and stay away that swept through Zimbabwe in the last weeks by #ThisFlag front-man Pastor Evan Mawarire have been deemed as inspiring, French Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Laurent Dalehousse said yesterday.

The diplomat said this during the 60th French independence anniversary at his residence which was attended by several ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe, Government officials, opposition party officials and members of civic society among others.

“I am inspired, on the contrary, by the light that shone yesterday (Wednesday) evening (at Harare Magistrate Court), on the other side of this beautiful city, in the hands and hearts of those who called in song and prayer for a new, united and peaceful Zimbabwe. May their appeal be heeded before it is too late,” said Delahousse.

“I make no excuse for believing in democracy and human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The freedom to assemble and demonstrate within the framework of the law, and to use social media in a peaceful manner, the protection of the people by the State without unnecessary use of force, even the right to stay at home without having to face the full wrath of the law, those are some of the rights deriving from the liberation struggle of your elders,” said Delahousse.

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatious Chombo said United States ambassador Mr Harry Thomas and his French counterpart were behind civil disturbances that rocked Harare, Beitbridge and Bulawayo.

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Edgar Mbwembwe, who was representing the Government at the event, said Harare would soon respond to Mr Delahousse’s outburst.

He described the speech as an abuse of a platform for National Day.



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