Free, Fair, Credible Elections Are A Midpoint, Not The End In Removing Sanctions: U.S. Senators

United States Senator Chris Coons has revealed that free, fair and credible elections are a necessary step for the United States of America to remove smart sanctions on Zimbabwe’s leadership. He also said that the United States will not dictate specific terms although it wishes to see more in terms of election laws and following the Constitution.

Said Senator Coons,


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…I am intentionally saying that it is a journey that we are on together. Free, fair and credible elections are not the end of that journey, they are a midpoint. We do believe that we can have, and we are excited to have a more expanded relationship. So we shouldn’t look at the possible reduction or lifting of sanctions as the endpoint, or perhaps as a midpoint. We have heard lots of different suggestions from different parties, from civil society, from politicians about the most important thing to do next, this is the most important thing to do next, things must happen with the election laws and the constitution, things must happen with the voting rolls, things must happen with the role of the military in the election. It is not our place I think for us to have a specific menu and timeline. I think there is wisdom among many Zimbabweans where their sense of what must happen in the next few months for there to be progress towards credible elections.

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4 comments on “Free, Fair, Credible Elections Are A Midpoint, Not The End In Removing Sanctions: U.S. Senators

    1. We are fed up with the Chinese..they come to loot our gold, diamonds, abuse elephants..the list is too long. They can’t eve create employment. They bring their own labourers they treat workers badly for the few who managed to work for them. Companies from America create employment and they treat us better than the Chinese. I can write a book. Hope you understand. 38 years Zimbabwe was dealing with the Chinese..look at how poor it is now….from bread basket to a begging basket…shame.

      1. Zimbabwe was built by the West and we never knew about the existence of Chinese until Mugabe come with his look East policy . Mugabe wanted to be a life president and he was totally opposed to the rule of law and the Chinese offered to veto UN resolution. He in turn sold the country to the Chinese. China will never invest in any country, they are only looking for raw materials. The west believe in free and fair elections, rule of law, and independent and impartial institutions like the ZEC, human rights commission, judiciary, army and police. We have to be very careful as nation of the decisions which are now making for the future generations by mortgaging the nation to the Chinese. A super power like USA is facing difficulties in its trade with China, how can a tiny country like Zimbabwe being able to deal with China.Zimbabwe has been de-industrialised and has a 99% level of unemployment. We are carrying our begging bowl to China. All the institutions built by Smith as part of import substitution has been destroyed ZISCO, Hwange, Mhangura, Hippo Valley, Triangle, and all the quasi-governments institutions GMB, CSC, NRZ, Cotton Marketing, etc. Smith had built a strong economy which had to succumb to pressure after 38 years of mismanagement and corruption.

  1. Only empty biased people can think like u saying China ,China shame shame we say ,China the looter n self centered looters ,they not even ashamed like u,n your Zirough pf

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