Instead of campaigning against the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe, the United States (US) has told President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s under-fire government to reform.
Mnangagwa’s administration has set 25 October as a day when Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) members in solidarity with Zimbabwe, call for the removal of sanctions that were imposed on the country to force it to reform.
But US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Brian Nichols Thursday said the “exercise does not serve the greater interest of Zimbabweans.”
“Last year’s Anti-sanctions solidarity day was very much designed to distract the people of Zimbabwe from real causes of the problems in this country. If the government of Zimbabwe put the energy that they put into organizing these types of events and generating statements from other SADC members into pursuing reform agenda that the government of Zimbabwe campaigned on and talked about three years ago in November 2017 and 2018 at the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, they would have advanced further in that reform agenda.
“The restrictive measures that the United States of America, the European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and others have imposed would be made,” he said.
The Zanu PF administration since the reign of the late former president Robert Mugabe has always been urged to end human rights abuses in order for sanctions to go.
When Mnangagwa assumed power through a military coup that ousted Mugabe in November 2017, he promised economic recovery based on respect for human rights, reengagement with the international community, and subsequent removal of sanctions.
Three years down the line, his regime is being rebuked by other countries for orchestrating arrests, torture, and abductions of the dissent.