United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nicols has written a letter addressing the Zimbabwe over the utterances of government officials and other state sponsored social media users on the ongoing protests over the murder of George Floyd. State sponsored Twitter users known as Varakashi in native Shona language went overdrive castigating the United States over the murder of George Floyd. Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba, using his Twitter account Jamwanda also threatened the invasion of America by SADC states over the killing of a black person by Minneapolis police. US Senator Marco Rubio and White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien labelled Zimbabwe one of America’s adversaries celebrating the protests happening in the USA.
Senator Marco Rubio the acting chairperson of the judges committee Tweeted, ““Tonight we are seeing very heavy social media activity on the #protests & counter reactions from social media accounts linked to at least 3 foreign adversaries. They didn’t create these divisions. But they are actively stocking & promoting violence & confrontation from multiple angles.”
Rubio’s statement was further reign forced by Robert O’Brien who named Zimbabwe among one of United States’ foreign adversaries. He acknowledged to have seen Tweets coming from China and Zimbabwe comparing themselves to the United States and fueling violence and protests.
“I wanna tell the adversaries that whether its Zimbabwe or China that the difference between us and you is that officer who killed George Floyd he will be investigated, he will be prosecuted, he will receive a fair trial.” O’Brien said on a video.
State media reported in the morning that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade S B Moyo summoned the US envoy to Zimbabwe over the utterances of O’Brien. Moyo later released a letter saying he was shocked that Zimbabwe was being regarded as America’s adversary. He acknowledged meeting Nicols to air his dissatisfaction over the comments whilst imploring his government’s commitment towards re-engagement with the Unites States.
Meanwhile Nicols wrote a strong worded letter to the Zimbabwe government over its involvement in fueling protests on using social media. He made comparisons between the way Zimbabwe and United States deal with police and army brutality. He reminded the Zimbabwe government that the Minneapolis police officers involved in the murder were were charged whilst Zimbabwe is still to bring to book the killers of political activists and innocent citizens.
“Zimbabweans surely wonder when, after so many years, Patrick Nabanyama, Itai Dzamara, and Paul Chizuze will get justice. Americans will continue to speak out for justice whether at home or abroad. We can meet the ideals of our founding, we will change this world for the better,” read part of the letter.