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'US sanctions a tool for regime change' says Minister

by Mandla Ndlovu
06 Mar 2020 at 09:26hrs | Views
A cabinet minister has said that the US sanctions extended by another year by the Trump administration are meant to achieve regime change in Zimbabwe in favor of the opposition MDC.

Writing on his official twitter handle, Deputy Information Minister Dr Energy Mutodi said, "US sanctions against Zimbabwe are aimed at achieving regime change-continuation of measures citing political & economic reforms is telling. Ironically, the US has befriended many rogue regimes well known for extrajudicial killings, genocide & corruption".

The minister also said that US President Donald Trump could have lost an opportunity to open a fresh page in the United States-Zimbabwe relations as he risks being unable to review his decision due to an impending electoral defeat at the hands of the democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Said Dr Mutodi, "Mr Trump has missed a glorious opportunity to open a new page in the ZIM-US relations. Agonizingly, he may not be there to see another sanctions review anniversary, with Joe Biden in hot pursuit to take over the Presidency."

Following a chaotic land reform program, the US George Bush administration in 2001 signed into law, the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA) which imposed economic sanctions on Zimbabwe, allegedly to provide for a transition to democracy and to promote economic recovery.

Zimbabwean authorities have said that the land reform undertaken by the Robert Mugabe government was necessary and will not be reversed.

The UK and the EU have recently passed statements reviewing the sanctions and softening their stance by removing some members of the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government from the sanctions list.

The move was welcomed by the Zimbabwe government as a positive step towards a complete removal of the sanctions. In his response to the continued sanctions against Zimbabwe by the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr SB Moyo said he was disappointed that the US had maintained its hostile stance against Zimbabwe in spite of the re-engagement efforts currently underway between the two countries.

Source - Byo24News