US to maintain Zim sanctions

WASHINGTON - The United States believes Zimbabwe’s recent election was flawed and it does not plan to loosen sanctions against President Robert Mugabe’s government until there are signs of change in the country, the State Department said on Monday, despite an endorsement of the vote by southern African leaders.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, is set to be sworn in as president as early as this week, extending his 33-year rule of the country after winning the July 31 election.

The 15-nation Southern African Development Community, which helped broker a power-sharing deal after disputed elections in Zimbabwe in 2008, backed Mugabe’s re-election on Sunday.

“The United States stands by our assessment that these elections, while relatively peaceful, did not represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people due to serious flaws throughout the electoral process,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“We have made it clear to the government of Zimbabwe and the region that a change in US sanctions policy will occur only in the context of credible, transparent and peaceful reforms that reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people.”

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, on Friday dropped its court challenge to Mugabe’s landslide win, saying it doubted it would get a fair hearing.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network said registration flaws may have disenfranchised up to a million people out of 6,4 million registered voters.

The United States imposed sanctions on Mugabe in 2003. The sanctions, which ban more than 250 Zimbabwean individuals and companies from doing business with the United States, were extended in 2009.

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980 and is Africa’s oldest leader.

Psaki said it was “feasible” that the US could review sanctions toward Zimbabwe if conditions in the country improved, but for now they would remain.

Soon after his nomination as Secretary of State, John Kerry wrote to Mugabe outlining the US position on elections and the opportunities it provided for the country.

The US had said it was willing to roll back sanctions and expand trade and investment if elections were conducted in a free and credible environment. — Reuters

Comments (13)

This is an extremely good lerson for the den of thieves. keep the screws on them even tighter

ATZ - 21 August 2013

NIce One. Look EAST as usual and see if you get anything meaningful from those round-eyed ASIANS

Watikiritai - 21 August 2013

According to US, elections in Zim are only credible if MDC-T wins the elections. Absolutely no reason to celebrate sanctions if you are Zimbabwean. No need to burn own house for the sake of power. Being a poll agent of one of the losing parties, the rigging song is absolutely nonsense

Bambazonke - 21 August 2013

NO NEED TO REMOVE THE SUNCTIONS NOW, RATHER YOU SHOULD ADD MORE PEOPLE ON THAT LIST ALL THOSE WHO WERE ELECTED DURING THIS ENDED RIGGED ELECTION.

EARTHQUAKE31JULY - 21 August 2013

sanctions or no sanctions zimbabwe will keep moving forward amheno zvenyu imi ma mdc munofunga kuti sanctions is a tool for regime change. How many years now with these purported sanctions? Most of your kids imi wacho ndivo warikudzidza kunana Gumbonzvanda wacho wari pama sanctions wari iko kwacho Washington DC kusati kwasvikwa naMandela since becoming President because is regarded as a Terrrorist until April 2008 lol

moral T - 21 August 2013

Sanctions Sanctions munhu mutema waramba iro pfumojena rinoda kuti tonga rakaisa zvimbwa sungata mberi richiba upfumi rwedu kwete munhu mutema aramba

Colonel - 21 August 2013

WATEVER YU WILL SAY GUYS, LET ME TELL YU 1 THNG WE ARE LIVING IN THE END OF SYSTEM OF THINGS SO WE MST SUFFER BT WE MUST BE HAPPY DAT DE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL ALL DIS SUFFERING ND DAT KINGDOM WIL BE RULLING DA WOLD WTH RIGHTIEOUSNESS (DANEIL 2:44,REVELATION 21:4 MATHEW 24:3_END

PATRICK - 21 August 2013

WATEVER YU WILL SAY GUYS, LET ME TELL YU 1 THNG WE ARE LIVING IN THE END OF SYSTEM OF THINGS SO WE MST SUFFER BT WE MUST BE HAPPY DAT DE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL ALL DIS SUFFERING ND DAT KINGDOM WIL BE RULLING DA WOLD WTH RIGHTIEOUSNESS (DANEIL 2:44,REVELATION 21:4 MATHEW 24:3_END

PATRICK - 21 August 2013

WATEVER YU WILL SAY GUYS, LET ME TELL YU 1 THNG WE ARE LIVING IN THE END OF SYSTEM OF THINGS SO WE MST SUFFER BT WE MUST BE HAPPY DAT DE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL ALL DIS SUFFERING ND DAT KINGDOM WIL BE RULLING DA WOLD WTH RIGHTIEOUSNESS (DANEIL 2:44,REVELATION 21:4 MATHEW 24:3_END

PATRICK - 21 August 2013

weather you are MDC or ZANU we are all going to be affected by these sanctions and we will both suffer so who is going to be laughing at the end of the day? good point there why burn or make your family suffer for the sake of power.

mytruezim - 21 August 2013

so i gues if mdc rigged the elections and won they won't be any sanctions. Why is America interested in mdc winning not peace,

Truezim - 22 August 2013

@true, America's foreign policy interest, China and USA war on Africa over minerals, MDC wants to give states minerals where as ZANU wants to give China. The wars that are being fought all over africa and the middle east are over naturals resources, the USA comes singing the democracy song to put leader in power that it can control and manipulate to archive there interest. its a shame ppl dont see that.

mytruezim - 22 August 2013

God is looking at everything Zimbabweans so let's wait and see what he has for us

zimbabwe - 23 August 2013

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