US Ambassador Speaks On Renewal Of Sanctions, Denies US Supports MDC Alliance

Commenting on US President Donald Trump’s signing into law the amended Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera), US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols said the law was meant to update a number of provisions.

He denied that Zidera deals with individuals but said it deals with loans and arrears to international financial institutions. Said Nichols:

This brings it in conformity with the reality and advocates for reforms in the area of democracy, human rights, economic reforms and rule of law. These are all important steps which I know President Mnangagwa is committed to and Nelson Chamisa is committed to. We believe that this provides a framework of our cooperation with Zimbabwe. Zidera deals with loans and arrears to international financial institutions, it does not deal with individuals. What it calls for are investigation into past human rights abuse, reforms to the judicial system, promotion of rule of law, it calls for economic reforms, land tenure, and I am sure these will be debated vigoruously in the next Parliament.

Nichols denied allegations that the United States supports the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance.


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