Trump stiffens sanctions on Zimbabwe

Amadi Ajamu | 8/16/2018, 11:15 a.m.
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Although President Trump decries Africa as “shithole” nations and their people unworthy of immigration to the United States, critics say he has no problem sticking his nose in the internal affairs of the sovereign nation of Zimbabwe. In the midst of Zimbabwe’s presidential elections, handily won by President Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF, Trump added more restrictions to the economic sanctions the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 imposed after the land redistribution from European colonizers to indigenous Zimbabweans took effect in 2001.

“The 2018 amendment to ZDERA (S 2779), signed into law Aug. 8, further stiffens the original act signed into law in 2001,” attorney Roger Wareham of the December 12th Movement International Secretariat stated. “It aims directly at property rights and financial restraints that will affect the quality of life of all the people of Zimbabwe.”

Wareham recently returned from Zimbabwe, where he was an official observer invited by the Zimbabwe Election Commission. “The amendment was passed by the House and the Senate,” said Wareham. “The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and European allies are trying to control the political economy of Zimbabwe now that former President Mugabe has retired.

“The baseless election impasse serves as an opening for Western manipulations and interference. Elections were deemed ‘free and fair’ by my delegation, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, Russia and China, among many others. Zimbabweans must remain vigilant. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again!”