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The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to work with the people and not against them, to end corruption and implement reforms. It said in a statement on Twitter:

“The economic crisis in #Zimbabwe is causing its citizens great hardship. It’s time for the #Mnangagwa government to work with, not against, its people to end corruption and implement reforms to restore the economy and end the suffering of its people.”

Last month the US ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols dismissed the government’s claims that Western-imposed sanctions were the root cause of Zimbabwe’s economic implosion.

Following an unspecified threat on Nichols by Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, the US Senate committee chaired by Senator Jim Risch (Republican-Idaho) said:

“The US is deeply committed to the people of Zimbabwe. Ambassador Nichols set the record straight that culpability for Zimbabwe’s dire economic situation rests with its leaders, provided the truth about sanctions, and reiterated our strong and lasting commitment to a free and open Zimbabwe.”

— Pindula

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