President Trump elongates Zimbabwe sanction by a year

Zimbabwe faces an extended one-year sanction from the United States of America as President Donald Trump emphasized that the Harare administration remains a threat to Washington’s foreign policy.

On Friday, President Trump’s administration confirmed in a circular titled: Notice of the President’s Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to Zimbabwe, that it is extending its sanctions for another year after hearing evidence from Zimbabwean opposition politicians and rights activists.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has deployed various tactics to consolidate international acceptance of his government that came to power through military assistance in November 2017.

Mnangagwa dispathed envoys to Europe and in what seems to be progress, he has improved long frayed relations with the European Union which has since lifted most of its sanctions. However, this does not impress the United States as it remains unshaken in its stand.

These sanctions have been renewed annually since 2003 because Zimbabwe’s actions and policies which are alleged to have contributed to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in the Southern African country. Also noting that these actions politically motivated violence and intimidation that caused political and economic instability in Southern Africa

The notice given to Zimbabwe states that “On March 6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, the President declared a national emergency and blocked the property of certain persons, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions.