US allegedly wants Zimbabwe to return land before lifting sanctions

US allegedly wants Zimbabwe to return land before lifting sanctions

- The US government has called on Zimbabwe to return the land taken from white citizens during land reform

- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has stood firm in his opposition to the motion, despite the sanctions currently in place

- Mnangagwa recently called on citizens who had left the country to return and help rebuild

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa is standing fast in his refusal to return land seized during reform to the white Zimbabweans it was confiscated from.

The South African reports that the US government had offered to ease the sanctions currently being imposed against Zimbabwe in exchange for issues emanating from the 2000 land debacle.

Minister Naledi Pandor recently lobbied for the SADC to rally behind Zimbabwe and call on South Africa's global partners to lift the sanctions:

“It seems clear that even as we support the call for an end to economic sanctions, the political dynamics are inextricably linked to the economy, and thus, should be confronted simultaneously. SADC may need to go beyond the resolution we adopted and engage those who have imposed sanctions to agree on lifting sanctions to support the recovery of sectors such as health, agriculture and education.”

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Zimbabwe is currently facing a desperate situation, with electricity issues resulting in hours worth of blackouts while the currency tanks.

Inflation rates have ceased to be released as the fear of the return of crippling hyperinflation sinks in.

Government officials are feeling the pinch, saying that food items such as red meat have become a luxury very few can afford.

When a massive petrol hike prompted civilian retaliation Mnangagwa had mobilised the military in a crackdown that included an internet blackout.

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