German ambassador's car attacked

THE official car of the German ambassador to Zimbabwe, Albrecht Conze, was attacked in suburban Harare earlier this week, the diplomat disclosed, saying he was not injured.

The driver of the car with its official diplomatic plates, had stopped briefly at an intersection when an assailant emerged from the tall grass at the side of the road and tried to smash the rear window next to where he was sitting, he told the German Press Agency dpa.

Conze believed the assailant wanted to rob him, but did not exclude the possibility the attack was politically motivated.

The envoy is known to have roused the ire of officials in President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU(PF) party after he published an article in the local independent press charging Mugabe with racist rhetoric and with corruption in the nationalization of the economy.

Mugabe has vowed to effect legislation that gives him the power to seize 51 percent of all white- or foreign-owned companies with assets of more than 500,000 US dollars and give them to black Zimbabweans.