Zim Should Implement Political And Economic Reforms Now - US Ambassador
The United States of America has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to implement much-needed political and economic reforms to move the country forward.
Speaking at the US independence celebrations in Harare last week, America’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian Nichols, said:
Zimbabwe now faces a choice of whether to accept the challenge of implementing the political and economic reforms that will fulfil the promise of its democracy or to postpone the path to progress and prosperity.
Two hundred and forty-three years ago, America’s founders affirmed that all of us are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights … among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We stand with the people of Zimbabwe as they pursue their inalienable rights at this decisive moment.
Nichols’ remarks resonate with those made by US deputy assistant secretary of State for Africa, Matthew Harrington in May that Zimbabwe’s reform agenda should move away from mere rhetoric to action.
Harrington was addressing the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington when he said:
The government is saying some of the right things but it is falling short when it comes to concrete actions. It could repeal POSA and AIPPA, two laws long emblematic of a repressive regime.
It could stop using the army to harass and intimidate citizens who exercise their fundamental right to free speech, and it could hold accountable those members of the security services who have abused their fellow citizens.
We welcome a better relationship with Zimbabwe, but the ball is very much in the … government’s court.
If there’s real, concrete progress in the areas laid out in the Zidera legislation, Zimbabwe will find a committed partner in the United States.
The fact that it has chosen not to do so raises questions about the genuineness of its commitment to put the country on a much different trajectory.