Zim slams diplomats for Mugabe walkout

By Andy Rice 4 August 2010

The Zimbabwean foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi yesterday summoned the US Ambassador Charles Ray, German ambassador Albrecht Conze and the European Union's charge d'affaires Barbara Plinkert. The three diplomats walked out of the funeral of Robert Mugabe's sister Sabina, after the president used the opportunity to accuse the West of trying to rob Zimbabwe of it's natural resources. Mumbengegwi said that the walkout showed disrespect for Zimbabwe and would not be tolerated. Ray retorted by saying that he had clearly been made to feel unwelcome, and had acted accordingly. The three diplomats also refused to apologise. Read more: News24