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2019-08-27 Africa Subsaharan
U.S. Increasingly Disappointed With Zimbabwe Government: U.S. Official
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. disappointment with Zimbabwe's government keeps growing amid the heavy-handed response of authorities to any form of opposition, a senior State Department official said on Monday following a crackdown last week against protesters.

"The disappointment just keeps getting worse and worse, unfortunately," said the official, speaking on background to reporters. "The government seems to be getting even more violent in their response to any form of opposition."

The official said Washington had made clear to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa what it would take to improve relations between Zimbabwe and the United States. U.S. officials have previously called on Mnangagwa to change Zimbabwe's laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.

Mnangagwa's government last week banned anti-government protests by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which accuses the authorities of political repression and mismanaging the economy. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds and barred access to the MDC's Harare offices.

Anger among the population has mounted over triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, fuel and bread.

In March, President Donald Trump extended by one year U.S. sanctions against 100 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa, saying his government had failed to bring about political and economic changes.

Make no mistake, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson and our very own Henry Kissinger were the architects of Rhodesia's doom. Robert Mugabe showed such unlimited potential. The late Ian Smith predicted the outcome many decades ago.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-27 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [239 views ]  Top

#1 Rhodesia must have been a paradise (even for blacks) compared to most African States.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-27 03:00||   2019-08-27 03:00|| Front Page Top

#2 ...And if you think we're disappointed, you should see how the poor bastards who live there feel.

Mike
Posted by Mike Kozlowski 2019-08-27 04:23||   2019-08-27 04:23|| Front Page Top

#3 The two items most commonly confiscated, firearms and land. Totalitarianism has a most discernible pattern.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-27 06:15||   2019-08-27 06:15|| Front Page Top

#4 Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Blah, blah, blah.

[Hey people, these are not racists white skin devil Scandinavians with a couple hundred years of Lutheranism embedded in their culture]
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-08-27 08:09||   2019-08-27 08:09|| Front Page Top

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