The Zimbabwean government has accused the UK of plotting an invasion and considering assassinations of the country’s political leadership.
Presidential spokesman George Charamba said Harare remained ready to defend itself against the “sinister threats”.
He was responding to comments by a former British general Lord Guthrie in a UK newspaper a week ago.
Lord Guthrie recalled advising the ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair against invading Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has often accused its former colonial ruler of attempts to interfere in its internal affairs, in part out of concern for white farmers – many of British origin – whose farms have been seized and redistributed.
But the UK accuses the government of President Robert Mugabe of gross human rights violations and of creating a “tragedy” in Zimbabwe.Invasion considered
In a frank interview with the UK’s Independent on Sunday on 11 November, Lord Guthrie told the newspaper he had had a close relationship with Mr Blair.