Moyo: US too obsessed with Zim sanctions extension, ignoring positives
By Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT has accused Washington of being too obsessed with extending sanctions against the country while ignoring positive steps taken so far by the Zanu PF led administration towards meeting reforms being demanded by the international community.
The Donald Trump US government Wednesday extended by another year, its sanctions regime on the Harare citing failure to implement key reforms placed as a major determinant to weather Zimbabwe shall remain under restrictive measures or not.
The US further accused the Emmerson Mnangagwa led government of acts of abuse against the population.
Said the US, “…The Zimbabwean government has arguably accelerated its persecution of critics and economic mismanagement in the past year, during which security forces have conducted extrajudicial killings, rapes, and alleged abductions of numerous dissidents”.
Responding to the sanctions extension, Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo said in a statement Thursday the US government chose to ignore the positives that have come out of the new Harare administration.
“Evidence of that reform abounds, inter alia in the form of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme, the repeal of POSA, the imminent repeal of AIPPA, the imminent licensing of Community Radio Stations and independent television stations, the raft of electoral law reforms already endorsed by Cabinet and now awaiting formal submission to the Parliamentary consultative process…” said the minister.
Moyo also accused the US of ignoring Zimbabwe’s “commitment to complete the alignment of all laws to the 2013 Constitution by the end of June 2020, the formal establishment of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA), ongoing ease of doing business reforms, ongoing implementation of any of the Motlanthe Commission recommendations, and indeed many other.”
“All of it, ignored, most regrettably in the decision by the US government to maintain its sanctions regime in place,” Moyo said.
“Notwithstanding the development, government will continue to seek meaningful reengagement with the United States on a mutual respect basis and we will, ofcourse continue to pursue, the reform agenda we have set ourselves at a pace which is responsible, manageable and sustainable.”