By Lloyd Takawira.
The United States of America has urged the government to stop violating human rights.
In a statement, US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said the Mnangagwa administration should conduct investigations of human rights violations in the country and hold perpetrators to account.
“The U.S urges the Zimbabwean Government to immediately end state-sponsored violence including against peaceful protesters, civil society, labour leaders and members of the opposition in Zimbabwe, and to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuse.”
The Deputy Treasury Secretary, Justin Muzinich added that the use of the military to quell civilians demonstrations was despicable.
“Political and military leaders in Zimbabwe have repeatedly used violence to silence political dissent and peaceful protests.”
In response the Zimbabwean government launched a scathing attack on the U.S blacklisting of officials, State Security Minister Owen Ncube and Major General Sanyatwe vindicate and erodes efforts to mend the twp countries relationship.
Foreign and international trade minister Sibusiso Moyo said, “This decision can only further erode trust and confidence in the relationship between Zimbabwe and the United States at a time when, more than ever, confidence-building measures are required so as to sustain the ongoing process of re-engagement between our two countries.
“In taking this action, the U.S. government appears, unilaterally, to have charged, tried, convicted and sentenced two very senior Zimbabwean nationals – surely the very antithesis of justice as we understand it.”