On Thursday, the United States State Department said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government has failed to bring about political and economic changes needed to improve Zimbabwe’s reputation.
The comments relate to President Donald Trump’s decision to extend U.S. sanctions that target more than 100 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa by one year.State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that the sanctions are on individuals and entities responsible for undermining democratic processes and institutions. Said Palladino:
I would say that these sanctions target certain persons and senior – who are senior officials in the Government of Zimbabwe that have participated in human rights abuses related to political repression, or they’ve engaged in facilitating public corruption by senior officials. This is not comprehensive sanctions; this is targeted sanctions against specific individuals. And the renewal that was – that took place on the 4th is – does not add any new names. It is simply a renewal of the sanctions that were – targeted sanctions that were already in place, and I’ll – does that —
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When asked if nothing has improved under Mnangagwa’s leadership Palladino said:
We believe that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has yet to implement the political and economic overhaul required to improve the country’s reputation with the community of nations, and with the United States, frankly. The actions of the targeted individuals continue to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes, and I’ll stop there. So we – well, we’re also seriously concerned about the ongoing human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.