Saturday, May 18, 2019

US shows hand in potential destabilisation of Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter,, 17 May 2019

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Harare has been alive to the evil machinations of organisations such as Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CZC) and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), as well as MDC-Alliance, whose leadership openly brag about their close relationship with Washington, where they wine and dine while inviting more sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The new dispensation under President Mnangagwa has been trying to extricate Zimbabwe from the economic cesspit that the country was plunged into because of a combination of sanctions and misrule by former President, Robert Mugabe.

The country has gone on a re-engagement offensive under the auspices of the "Zimbabwe is Open for Business: mantra, which most well-meaning nations have embraced and shown credible intent to trade and invest with Zimbabwe.

The US appears to be miffed by this progress, hence, has decided to up the ante against Harare through public diplomacy [JB emphasis].

It is now using the travel advisory as a means of scaring away potential investors and tourists.

Yes, Zimbabwe is under sanctions.

Yes, Zimbabwe is grappling with exchange rate distortions.

Yes, Harare is dogged by price hikes as a result of misplaced benchmarking of prices in local currency against the US dollar.

Yes, Zimbabwe has a high domestic and international debt. But if truth be told, Zimbabwe remains a peaceful country under a legitimately elected President.

In fact, the new dispensation has unveiled a cocktail of socio-political economic reforms under the banner of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).

TSP is anchored on austerity, itself a necessary evil to cut on Government expenditure.

The travel warning by the US should be read as a threat to Harare that acts of civil disobedience and violent demonstrations are afoot. ...

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