Harare — Zimbabwean  President Emmerson Mnangagwa was  embroiled in a war of words with EU ambassador Timo Olkkonen this week as relations between Harare and western countries continued to sour over the banning of opposition protests.

Since 2017 Zimbabwe and the EU have been working to repair relations after the fall of former president Robert Mugabe, who was notorious for his anti-West rhetoric. But the détente has cooled as a dramatic exchange of words erupted on Tuesday.  

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