United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas Jnr has dismissed suggestions that the United States’ targeted sanctions are hurting Zimbabwe. Speaking at a a VOA Studio 7 townhall in Washington DC held Thursday Ambassador Thomas said:
… If you look at the economy, what is the challenge? What has caused (that)? There has not been proper management of agriculture properly. President Mugabe himself listed how many millions and billions of dollars have gone missing in mining. That was not the United States who said that. That was President Mugabe.
The other thing is that Zimbabwe was in arrears to IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank for years … Those things started before sanctions were imposed because Zimbabwe stopped paying its loans when it was in the Congo … It stopped paying its loans. Those are facts. I am very happy to deal with challenges and mistakes, anything in terms of facts. We don’t get facts, we emotion, name-calling, refusal to accept what you have done.
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