Zim vote: US may revisit sanctions

2013-07-19 13:03

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered to "revisit" current sanctions against Zimbabwe if upcoming elections are transparent and peaceful, a US official said Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Kerry makes it clear that the US is "prepared to revisit our bilateral relationship"- but only if the country implements political reforms, said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson for the State Department.

The US would also expect the government to allow civil society to "operate freely" and for the 31 July elections to be "credible" and "reflect the will of the people."

Harf could not say if there had been a response to the letter.

"We've made it clear that this is a critical moment," Harf said.

'Deep' concerns

She noted ongoing "deep" concerns about lack of transparency in preparing for the elections and partisan behavior by state security.

Mugabe, 89, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, faces his longtime political enemy Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, 61, in the polls, which are to end their power-sharing government, formed in 2009 after a disputed election.

US sanctions enacted since 2003 affect about 100 individuals, including Mugabe; about a dozen state-owned enterprises, including Oryx Diamonds; and dozens of other enterprises and farms.

Those on the list are prohibited from travel to the US and from US business dealings. The sanctions are aimed at the government and its supporters who the US says are undermining democratic institutions and process in Zimbabwe.

  • DiMpsa Lerete La Leburu - 2013-07-19 13:21

    Sir Mugabe does not care,he had a mandate to dealiver the stolen property to the natives and it was done.Imposing sanctions wont change anything.We all know that your aim is to remove a democratically elected candre and replace him with your puppet who will help you control and steal the natural resources of Zimbabwe like you have been doing couple of decates ago.

      Eugene Fourie - 2013-07-19 13:44

      you need to be able to EXTRACT the resources BEFORE it is of any value!

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-07-19 16:17

      whats a candre?

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-19 20:28

      How much do you want to suffer and starve, while Bob and his family live the high-life on your money and resources?

      SimonTempler - 2013-07-20 17:32

      'Dear Sir, I am sitting in the smallest room in the house. I have your letter before me. In a few minutes, I will have your letter behind me.' Voltaire to one of his critics.

      Kelvin De Beer - 2013-07-20 17:55

      Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans!finish n klaar!

  • DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-19 13:22

    The US should 'revisit' sanctions against South Africa - and flush this ANC guv-mint out of our lives...!!

  • graeme.parsons - 2013-07-19 13:34

    democratically elected?.... SERIOUSLY! What planet are you from?

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-19 14:15

      Graeme, its called politics. No permanent enemies, only permanent interests

      Aijaman Pirlo - 2013-07-19 14:41

      Planet earth

  • France Modise - 2013-07-19 13:39

    Ag ,come on ,what does the US know about democracy.What they mean by democracy is a country that their multinational companies controls.

      Michael Wilson - 2013-07-19 15:14

      I think i could safely say they know a damn sight more about democracy than we do...

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-20 03:13

      Democracy was practically born in the US. Founded by a people being sick and tired of being ruled by royalty.

      SimonTempler - 2013-07-22 04:25

      Democracy was founded by the Greeks. The Americans do not democratically elect their president. It is done through a number of voting partitions so the ordinary citizen never see a ballot with the presidential candidate on it.

  • Aijaman Pirlo - 2013-07-19 14:43

    US is really annoying. They like a young child who has just learned how to walk...They put their red long nose everywhere. Zimbambwean people want Mugabe..Finish & Klaar!!Finito...

      David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-07-19 15:34

      Aijaman do u actually read the article or do u just comment so that you can blow smoke up your own a$$? They are asking for a fair election and if that happens then they are willing to lift some sanctions. Where is that interfering besides willing to help the people off Zim? If you don't know what you talking about then keep quiet....

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-20 03:18

      The US were sending people to the moon while you guys were still hanging from the trees.

      Kelvin De Beer - 2013-07-20 17:44

      Kort thts the white mentality juju was talking about u guys r so obsessed wt people hanging on trees jerrrrr!

  • Adam Leighton - 2013-07-19 15:11

    Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered to "revisit" current sanctions against Zimbabwe if upcoming elections are transparent and peaceful, a US official said Thursday. What Kerry means is... Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered to "revisit" current sanctions against Zimbabwe if upcoming elections are won by MDC and Mugabe is no longer in power, a US official said Thursday.

      David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-07-19 15:31

      If that is the case then I would agree with the US on their standpoint. Every country should feel the same way as the US does.

  • Titus Mogaladi - 2013-07-19 15:16

    We are all holding our breath and hoping for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe next week. A politically stable Zimbabwe is in the interest of South Africa and the entire SADC region. Titus

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-07-19 16:39

    Open your nostrils and smell the coffee you idiot

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-07-19 16:43

    Ja and KFC DID win last time even the dice was loaded, only to go back to the polls and have the dice loaded even more, what a farce, but I don't expect you to see it, with your head up your ar#$

  • Ryan Kalil - 2013-07-19 17:20

    Just think! Where will the world be without the yanks?

      SimonTempler - 2013-07-22 04:29

      We would all speak German and say Heil! But I think the world would be better off without the expansionist foreign policy of the US.

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-07-19 18:19

    Could be the regime change sanctions have failed? And yet again we have always been told there aren't any sanctions...and that the economy screamed coz we took our stolen land back from the invaders??

      Jason Hepple - 2013-07-19 18:37

      And look at the fine job you're doing with that land... Amazing stuff!! Now why don't you bugger off and go work that land... You're making this forum look untidy.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-19 19:06

      Sam, these people never cease to amaze. they flatly deny there are sanctions on Zim but admit when it suits them

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-19 22:52

      The problem is you're an invader yourself. The original inhabitants were the Khoi San, from which the land was first taken by your ancestors. Are you going to return it?

      Ashanzi Afrika - 2013-07-20 08:02

      The sanctions imposed on targeted political interests in Zimbabwe are designed to penalize the regime for it's no-adherence to democratic principles. They are not designed to have any negative impact on the private sector of that country. Any reason to believe otherwise is unfortunate.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-20 12:35

      Africa, dont do cheap PR for John Kerry because his statement states otherwise, hence he personally wrote to Bob. If they were not mearnt to harm the rest of Zim and only Bob why then consider removing?

      Jacob Molife - 2013-07-20 15:55

      To teach him how hot the fire is to those who rig elections

  • Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-19 20:30

    The big hope of 1981 is the big dope of 2013. Robert Nesta Marley would be singing liberation songs for current day Zimbabweans, were he alive today.

      Spike Mlilo - 2013-07-23 10:07

      18 April 1980.Zimbabwe Independence Day.

  • Angela Ostling Watson - 2013-07-20 13:59

    What a laugh! US asking for fair and transparant elections in Zim... They'd have more luck finding the Loch Ness Monster

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-20 18:28

      Actually the Loch Ness "monster" does exist. Dinosaurs from the Dinosaur era visible through cracks in the atmosphere. Same space different time.

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