SO the French Ambassador Michel Raimbaud is leaving at the end of his tour of duty, “Envoy bids farewell”, (Herald, September 29).
He’s been here for two years and I don’t r
ecall him making any substantial comment on the conduct of the Zimbabwe government, on Operation Murambatsvina, the recent ZCTU officials’ torture, white farmers’ continued evictions, the government’s senior members’ blatant thefts — anything.
He promised to strive to improve relations between Harare and Paris; no doubt he did that by keeping his mouth shut when good men were opening their diplomatic mouths and becoming unpopular.
Goodbye and good riddance! No doubt your successor will continue in the same way in the three wise monkeys format — hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
There was a time in 1789 when proud and true Frenchmen stood up for liberty.
What happened to French courage, Ambassador Raimbaud?