Sanctions against Zimbabwe are to stay in place because the US believes the ruling party undermines the country’s democratic processes.
Zanu-PF has called the sanctions vindictive because of Zimbabwe’s land reform programme from the turn of the millennium.
The sanctions fly in the face of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts to charm the American government.
In a statement, US President Joe Biden said this was done because Zimbabwe’s gross human rights and democratic principles disregard are a threat to the US’ foreign policy.
“For this reason, the national emergency declared on March 6, 2003, and the measures adopted on that date, on November 22, 2005, and on July 25, 2008, to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond March 6, 2022.”
“Therefore, in accordance with Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for one year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288,” reads Biden’s statement to US Congress.
The Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zedera) passed by US Congress in 2001, provides for a transition to democracy and to promote economic recovery.
The US also noted that opposition politicians and journalists herald people who bore the brunt of violence from the state.