Jonathan Moyo calls for talks with the "imperialist" Britain

A close ally of Robert Mugabe has called for talks with Britain's Conservative-led government, praising the Conservative Party's historic approach to Zimbabwe

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Jonathan Moyo, Mr Mugabe’s communications chief, said Prime Minister David Cameron could repair relations between his country and its former colonial power.

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Mr Mugabe and his allies believe his approach contrasts sharply with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, both of whom were outspoken in their loathing of Africa’s oldest leader.

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“We can all see that David Cameron is not as loquacious as Brown or Tony Blair, he has kept his views on Zimbabwe to himself,” he said.

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“He is not even as loquacious as William Hague, who gets carried away by what he believes are successes in Libya to say ridiculous things.” He said that the new approach of the Conservatives harked back to the early days of Robert Mugabe’s rule after the signing of the Lancaster House agreement that brought him to power in 1980.

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“They are behaving as we have historically known of the Conservatives. The approach of the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher was very different to the approach of Labour.”

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Mr Cameron’s “circumspect and careful” attitude, which had reduced the levels of “noise and tension” between the two sides, meant his boss would welcome “constructive” dialogue with him.

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“The British problem is that they behave like a drunkard who climbed a tree overnight then woke up naked and could not get down,” he said. “We are prepared to give them a ladder, and a blanket, but it’s up to them whether they climb down at night or during the day.”

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But he said that British intelligence was still interfering with regional plans for the country and dismissed the UK playing any part in policing elections that Zanu PF wants held this year. – The Telegraph

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