Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa’s govt in more US sanctions

The U.S said it recoginses the existing government, but would extend sanctions because Mnangagwa’s government is the product of military coup.

Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa’s govt in more US sanctions

The U.S said it recoginses the existing government, but would extend sanctions because Mnangagwa’s government is the product of military coup.

14 February 2018 Wednesday 19:17
Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa’s govt in more US sanctions

By Azania Post Reporter

The new government of Zimbabwe will continue feeling a pinch after the United States’ decision to extend sanctions against on ground that it is a product of a military coup.

Sources from the Mnangagwa government said the US government had added the Sothern African country in a sanctions list until elections in July.

The European Union and the US imposed sanction on Zimbabwe in 2000 during former President Robert Mugabe’s reign accusing him of rigging elections , flattening human rights repression of press freedom.

However Britain, one of the EU members has started to work out to bail Zimbabwe after President Emmerson Mnangagwa opened doors for investors and relieaved farmers of accupying farms to 99 percent lease.

But efforts by Zimbabwe government don’t deem to please the US, though

Mnangagwa himself has pledged a free and fair election.

Top Zimbabwe government sources were quoted by NewsDay saying the government received a diplomatic message from the U.S government saying so.

The sources said the note was given to the Foregin Minister and International Trade minister Sibusiso Moyo two weeks ago.

Accordign to the report, the U.S said it recoginses the existing government, but would extend sanctions because Mnangagwa’s government is the product of military coup.

The report said that the sanctions were believed to include ministers who were sworn in recently to join President Emmerson Mnangagwa's cabinet.

Media sources revealed that the note had stated that the US is very clear that Mnangagwa came to power through a coup although the authorities in Harare have done everything in their power to avoid the word ‘coup’.

“It was also indicated that the general elections expected in July will be the benchmark on which the sanctions will be reviewed," a source was quoted as saying.

Updated: 14.02.2018 19:42
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