- US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year
- Trump said Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration still presented a threat to US interests
- The decision comes as a huge blow for Mnangagwa who has been making an effort to show the world Zimbabwe is open for business
US President Donald Trump has reportedly extended long-standing sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year. Trump said the current Zimbabwean administration still presented a threat to US foreign policy interests.
The news is a blow to Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, which has been courting international investors and been trying to show the world that Zimbabwe is open for business.
Trump noted that the situation in Zimbabwe had not significantly transformed since Robert Mugabe was forced out of power last November.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Mnangagwa and certain army generals were still under targeted sanctions for alleged human rights violations and election rigging.
“Concrete actions must follow President Mnangagwa's stated intentions to carry out political and economic reforms. The actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons, however, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States," read part of the notice.
Zimbabwe’s finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was in London and Paris last week to try and secure much needed foreign investment.
Chinamasa met with the UK foreign affairs minister Boris Johnson, who expressed optimism about Zimbabwe’s political future, he cautioned the Mnangagwa administration that it needed to deliver a free and fair election to prove to the world the Mugabe days were behind it.
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