The United States government has sent a strong message to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa telling him to cease all acts of violence against citizens.
In a strongly worded statement released by America’s Spokesperson Robert Palladino USA said, “The Government of Zimbabwe should end its excessive violence and intimidation, immediately release the civil society activists who have been arbitrarily detained, and hold security force members responsible for human rights violations and abuses account.”
USA further urged Zimbabweans to engage in a national dialogue that is mediated by a credible third party.
“The United States calls on all sides to come together immediately in national dialogue. The dialogue process must be credible, inclusive, and mediated by a neutral third party.
“The United States remains seriously concerned about the excessive use of force by Government of Zimbabwe security forces since January 14, which has resulted in at least 13 deaths, 600 victims of violence, torture or rape, and more than 1,000 arrests.
“We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those killed or injured. The Government of Zimbabwe’s use of violence against civil society and imposition of undue internet restrictions betray promises to create a new Zimbabwe.
“We also reiterate our call for the Government of Zimbabwe to enact promised political and economic reforms.” Palladino said.
President Mnangagwa has been under pressure to re-engage the western countries to remove sanctions so that the country can qualified for lines of credit.
The European Union on Monday said it will only assist Zimbabwe if the necessary reforms are enacted.byo24