Outgoing US President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by another year.
Zimbabwe’s opposition welcomed the development but Jonathan Moyo scorned the move, describing it as inconsequential from an Obama government nearing its end. The sanctions were extended in conformity with the Washington’s national emergency policies aimed at dealing with perceived “threats” in Cuba and Venezuela, along with Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and countries Washington claims “support terrorism.
Moyo is looking forward to Donald Trump’s administration and hopes this presents an opportunity for the US and Zimbabwe to reset their relationship and re-engage in pursuit of mutual interests.
The sanctions, which are reviewed annually, are at targeted members of President Mugabe’s inner circle, the military top brass and associated companies accused of undermining democracy in the country