Former Official in The US State Department Todd Moss has said the British government should consider apologizing to the Zimbabwean people for supporting the 2017 coup anticipating change in Zimbabwe’s political space.
According to the publication anticipating change and far-reaching engagement with the second administration, the UK:
..had crafted a financial package underwritten by Standard Chartered Bank to help Zimbabwe settle its US$1.8 billion (US$2.3 billion including the European Investment Bank debt) arrears with international financial creditors such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
Moss in an exclusive interview with The NewsHawks reportedly said:
Going back pre-2017 if you go back to what was called the Lima Plan in 2015 it was clear that the British were trying to a re-engagement process and trying to give Zanu PF a window to show that they could reform. Some of the power creditors went along with that, some did not.
The US was highly sceptical and I think history has shown that the scepticism was warranted. I think that this is a signal that the British recognise that that opportunity is now gone.
On the one hand, I think the British government and certain embassy officials owe the Zimbabwean people an apology for their behaviour. I doubt that they will do that, but in a fair world that would happen.
But I do think that the authorities in London have now come around and now view Zimbabwe very similarly to those in Washington DC, which is that the prospects for reforms with this set of leadership in Zimbabwe are very poor and putting money in Zimbabwe to support them will not encourage the reform process, but will actually encourage the opposite, which is to further entrench the regime in place.
Moss has been vocal about Zimbabwe of late as he has said President Mnangagwa cannot claim he is a reformist and the Joe Biden admin will probably not change its stance on Zimbabwe because false fronted opposition parties and PR will not help Zimbabwe.