Crisis Group Condemns Comments by ZANU-PF Spokesman
Crisis Group Condemns Comments by ZANU-PF Spokesman
Revolt and Repression in Zimbabwe
Revolt and Repression in Zimbabwe
Statement / Africa

Crisis Group Condemns Comments by ZANU-PF Spokesman

The International Crisis Group firmly rejects and condemns comments by a spokesman for Zimbabwe’s ruling party, reported today.

An article in the government-owned Herald newspaper in Harare quoted Nathan Shamuyarira, Secretary for Information and Publicity for the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), accusing Crisis Group of supporting a military coup in Zimbabwe and of having “sponsored violence” in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). These allegations are unfounded.

“My old foreign ministerial colleague Nathan Shamuyarira seems to have lost the plot”, said Gareth Evans, President of Crisis Group. “As bad as this government is, we have never called for its violent overthrow, and our reports and briefings on Zimbabwe make that perfectly clear”.

All Crisis Group publications are freely available online, including the most recent report on Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe's Continuing Self-Destruction, published on 6 June 2006.

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