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Mugabe Threatens UK Envoy

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has threatened to expel Britain’s ambassador in Harare, accusing him of helping opposition protests. “We know that the British have been behind it. They are giving them money, we know that. That’s why I warn Donnelly, if he continues doing it, we will kick him out of this country,” Mr Mugabe told supporters, naming Britain’s envoy, High Commissioner Brian Donnelly. His comments made at a public rally in the south-east of the country follow last week’s demonstrations and strikes organised by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). In London, officials have denied any suggestion that the government is supporting illegal activity in Zimbabwe and said Britain supported the principle of democracy and the right to peaceful protest. This latest threat against Britain is all part of Mr Mugabe’s message that he will not tolerate mass demonstrations in Zimbabwe aimed at pressurising him to stand down, says the BBC’s Hilary Andersson in Johannesburg. Relations between Britain and Zimbabwe have plummeted in recent years. Mr Mugabe now rarely makes a public speech without blaming Zimbabwe’s troubles on its former colonial master. Full Story

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