United States of America (US) ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols on Wednesday said it is up to Zimbabwe to have the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA) repealed.
Nichols said that for sanctions to be removed, Zimbabwe has to undertake comprehensive political and economic reforms. He said:
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The legislation of Zidera and the executive order that covers the economic restrictions on 141 entities and persons is public and well known.
The government of Zimbabwe needs to make necessary reforms to satisfy the conditions of that legislation.
We can only hope that the government will be able to do so for us to then lift the sanctions. So it is up to the government to determine the country’s future and direction.
Nichols made the remarks while addressing journalists after a courtesy call on the Acting President Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare.
ZIDERA was passed into law on 21 December 2001 by the then US President George W. Bush. Amendments to the Act were made in 2018.