Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has accused US embassy of sponsoring Friday’s planned anti-government protests and has threatened to expel its ambassador.
Party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said the protests, intended to condemn corruption in government, were an attempt to overthrow the government and suggested they could be met with force.
Mr Chinamasa accused the US ambassador Brian Nichols of “acting as a thug”.
It is a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.
The US embassy has previously rejected allegations that it is trying to destabilize the country.
Zimbabwean government has tightened lockdown measures, imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew as the number of Covid-19 cases rise sharply.
Both the UN Human Rights office and the US have warned that the pandemic should not be used to restrict freedoms.