[VIDEO] SENIOR US SENATOR SAYS MNANGAGWA NOT WALKING THE TALK - DEMANDS SANCTIONS STAY




Senator Coons speaking yesterday at the Confirmation Hearing for Trump Administration Nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Amb. Tibor Nagay. 


US Senator and senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee in America yesterday said sanctions against Zimbabwe must not be lifted until President Mnangagwa “takes concrete action to demonstrate his commitment to pursuing genuine anti-corruption measures” and other concerns he and his colleagues have.

Addressing the Trump Administration Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Statr for African Affairs,  Ambassador Tibor Nagy, in the US Senate, Senator Coons asked:

“Do you agree the United States should not relieve sanctions on Zimbabwe until the government takes concrete actions to demonstrate its respect for human rights, its commitment to free and fair elections, and to pursuing genuine anti-corruption measures and a rules-based economy?”

Ambassador Nagy concurred with Senator Coons, saying, “Absolutely, Senator. Actions speak louder than words and we just have to wait and see what happens there."

Senator Coons was the Chairman of the Sub-Committee hearing attended by Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti, just before the death of Morgan Tsvangirai earlier this year. During that hearing, the Senators were keen to hear whether the new Zimbabwean President was going to be any different from Mugabe and whether the USA should lighten or strengthen sanctions against the Southern African country.

Senator Cory Booker concluded during that hearing that the sanctions that were on Zimbabwe, in the form of the ZIDERA law, was "not enough" to guarantee a change of direction under Mnangagwa for Zimbabwe.

A little while later, he and Senator Coons introduced an amendment to the Zimbabwe sanctions law in the US Congress and Senate which was designed to tighten the screw of the Mnangagwa government.

Senator Coons is pushing to ensure that there is a US Ambassador in Zimbabwe before the elections and he reckons the new Ambassador will be in Harare one week before polls on 30 July 2018.

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