Mnangagwa all talk, no action – US

A UNITED States Senator, Chris Coons, has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of making empty promises and deliberately delaying implementation of key electoral reforms to disadvantage the opposition ahead of the general elections slated for the end of next month.

BY STAFF REPORTERS

Coons, who has been campaigning for lifting of US sanctions on Zimbabwe told CGNTV News recently that Mnangagwa had failed to back up his talk with action, creating an unequal ground for his rivals in this year’s polls.

“President Mnangagwa, both through our personal meeting, which was positive and terrific and very long, and in public statements, both in Press conferences afterwards and in an editorial published in the New York Times has committed to democracy towards free and fair elections, towards respecting human rights, towards returning to a world based open economy if he takes those steps significant sanctions relief should be forthcoming from United States and Senator Jeff Flake and I will take steps necessary in Congress to accomplish that,” he said.

“But frankly, after what was a very encouraging initial meeting several weeks ago, we have seen no concrete steps in response, the amount of time left before the elections is shrinking, so the importance of taking prompt concrete steps, as to demonstrate the President’s commitment to democracy is becoming more and more important.”

Coons said the conditions in Zimbabwe, just two months before elections, did not meet Sadc standards for free and fair elections and Mnangagwa should act if he wants a significant shift on US policy on his government.

“There is less and less time for the President to take concrete action, it has been wonderful to hear his encouraging private and public comments about welcoming international observers about publishing the list of those who are enrolled for the vote, of identifying the list of places where polling will take place, providing access to State media for opposition candidates, a whole variety of things that are basic indicates for free and fair elections, but not steps have been taken yet at least not that I am aware of, they has been some encouraging initial meetings with opposition parties, but no concrete steps, so whether you look at EU (European Union) standards, AU (African Union) standards, Sadc standards, there are standards for free and fair elections that don’t vary significantly, I urge President Mnangagwa to do the right thing,” he said.

Coons’s remarks come as Italian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Enrico de Agostini yesterday challenged Mnangagwa to stop economic sloganeering by announcing the so called “mega deals” at the expense of implementing actual economic reforms .

Addressing guests at Italy’s National Day commemorations in Harare at the weekend, de Agostini warned that investors will not flock to the streets of Harare unless “crucial economic reforms are implemented and not just announced”.

“Economic recovery won’t happen overnight, investors won’t flock to the streets of Harare just yet, not unless crucial economic reforms are implemented and not just announced.

“If Zimbabwe truly wants to be open for business, and we all know it does, it must concentrate more on actual economic reforms and less on the so called mega deals,” he said.

Mnangagwa has claimed that his government has unlocked investment pledges worth over $15 billion since he took over power last November, although there is nothing much on the ground to prove his claims.

“The substance of this slogan can be fully realised only once Zimbabwe ratifies Bippas (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements), international obligations that it undertook 20 years ago, solves the problem of land tenure, lowers the cost of doing business and abandons the culture of State intervention,” de Agostini said.

He hailed the decision to scrap the “myopic” indigenisation policy that mandated locals to own a 51% stake in all businesses, but insisted that only a credible election would set the country on an economic recovery path.

56 Comments

  1. infact zimbabweans no longer listen to you americans after imposing punitive sanctions which have had a disastrous impact on the life of the ordinary people in this country, for now focus on the russian investigation of trump election and the fact that the previous obama administration planted a spy in trump campaign team and a host of other issues facing your country etc we are in the mood to decide which party and leader will be in charge for the next 5 years and surely this will happen on 30th July 2018 without fail.

    1. iwewe unotorwara

    2. If you think its the Americans causing misery among Zimbabweans, then I have no choice but to think you are an utterly clueless and deluded person

      1. will not get deeper into this all that was suppose to be said has been said over the past donkey years but the fact remains unchanged that the ordinary povo is suffering out of the actions of your american idols and partners not the guys who were put on the list

    3. you are insane

  2. Thank you Senator! Ndopamunonzwa Herald ichitaura crap. We are tired of poverty and underdevelopment. We need real change in Zimbabwe, not this superficial change. Why should they cling on to power, as if Zimbabwe belongs to them. We have suffered enough and need change.

  3. Newsday is the only paper in zimbabwe

    1. taura hako…

    2. Personally I find much of what the Herald publishes either misleading or an insult to my intelligence; so I never bother to read it. Here’s my point. Why do the angry people we see posting on NewsDay raise their BP disagreeing and trashing everything published? Why do they not stick to the Herald where they can all sing in harmony? Unless they are on a mission….

  4. They do not cling to power, people vote for them to return power, vote them out if you can.

  5. Your Name (required): Special Black

    But the change will be too much to an extent of having europeans work in Zimbabwe as herd boys, Indians dish washers, chinees…..This aspiring president is overzealous, he should attend international relations studies as soon as possible. On the other hand he is lobying for GNU before election, demonstrations etc, ndokunonzi kutsaratsara. Herald haitauri crap asi news kkkkkkkk.

    1. Aim for the moon….If you miss, you will definitely fall among the stars.

  6. My question is why are these people not specific…i have seen a lot that has been done to promote free andfair elections including inviting EU,BRITAIN, SADC AU,,,,making the voters role available, ballot printing is open for viewing by anyone, AND ALSO ED IS NOT THE PARLIAMENT WHICH MAKES LAWS!! ZIMBOS SHLD BE CAREFULL ABOUT THESE AMERICANS CZ BCZ ZIM MIGHT BECOME SYRIA VERY SOON!!

    1. Usanyepe iwe. Ballot printing open to who?

  7. He who buys the Herald these days has cash to waste, why should buy such propaganda crap, even online I don’t read the Herald, a lot of hate speech in there, a lot of lies and trying to twist people mind. What is the difference between Mnangagwa and Mugabe? The herald and ZBC are still behaving the same.

  8. godfrey makufa

    is it not in line with democracy when America demands that let there be electoral reforms to allow free and fair elections.

    1. wakambodana baba vekumwe kuti vakubetsere kumitisa mukadzi wako??

  9. Senator Coon is right. The junta does not sincerely want to implement reforms. If they rig these elections, gentlemen, suffer continue. No investors will come coz investors are sitting on the fence waiting for this election, even the ZANU all weather friends CHINA are waiting to see if their rigging advice works. Mnangagwa is not sincere.

  10. MDC AND OTHER PARTIES HAVE ADEQUETE ACCESS TO ZBC AND OTHER STATE MEDIA PLATFORMS , ACCESS TO VOTERS ROW, BALLOT PRINTING INSPECTIONS, PUBLIC GATHERING CAMPAIGNS/RALLIES. I ALWAYS QUESTION WHY THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS NOT SPECIFIC ZIMBABWEAMS SHOULD BE WARY OF THEM WE MIGHT BECOME SYRIA SOON.

  11. No political compliance to all international organs, no economic compliance, you are setting your own standards instead , then invest without the international community,find the missing 15billion , before another 15billion goes missing

  12. Who ever today is still attending Zanu pf rallies and kept on supporting and aiding these evil spirits are prompting satanism in zimbabwe . 38 years of fully feeding Zimbabweans with lies and destruction,zanu pf and supportesr are totally tokoloshises which haunts every family and survived with blood.

    1. What a pathetic campaign strategy, instead of telling people which party to vote for and why wototanga nekutuka vanhu. ZPF has indeed reformed since RGM left the seen otherwise nobody will be campaigning freely like what we are seeing now. We dont need Coon to tell us that, we all know what previous election times used to be like. By the way there is difference between RGM’s ZPF and ED’s just like there is a difference btwn Nero’s and RMT’s MDC. I dont think you are that ignorant.

    2. we have no alternative Chamisa is also lying. its better the devil we know, Americans we cannot trust. they want their Chamisa to manipulate in the name of democracy. There are a lot of reforms brought in by ED, and its there for you to see. You can hate zanupf in sympathy with Americans but we will vote ED resoundingly

      1. name the reforms ED has brought…… coz all we are promised are mega deals which i dont think will materialize but just a campaigning gimmick.

  13. MDC AND OTHER PARTIES HAVE ADEQUETE ACCESS TO ZBC AND OTHER STATE MEDIA PLATFORMS , ACCESS TO VOTERS ROW, BALLOT PRINTING INSPECTIONS, PUBLIC GATHERING CAMPAIGNS/RALLIES.

    I ALWAYS QUESTION WHY THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS NOT SPECIFIC .

    ZIMBABWEAMS SHOULD BE WARY OF THEM WE MIGHT BECOME SYRIA SOON.

    Issue of electral reforms is an issue of ELECTION Laws …A BABY OF THE PARLIAMENT NOT THE PRESIDENT….

    1. you need mental circumcision wewe

  14. MDC AND OTHER PARTIES HAVE ADEQUETE ACCESS TO ZBC AND OTHER STATE MEDIA PLATFORMS , ACCESS TO VOTERS ROW, BALLOT PRINTING INSPECTIONS, PUBLIC GATHERING CAMPAIGNS/RALLIES.

    I ALWAYS QUESTION WHY THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS NOT SPECIFIC .

    ZIMBABWEAMS SHOULD BE WARY OF THEM WE MIGHT BECOME SYRIA SOON.

    Issue of electral reforms is an issue of ELECTION Laws …A BABY OF THE PARLIAMENT NOT THE PRESIDENT…….

    1. enda nguchen

  15. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Is it in line with democracy and human rights whe US supplies the most advanced millitary wepons of this world to the so called israel which continues to bulldoze palestinian homes and grabe the land of inocent unarmed civillians?

  16. Your Name (required):Special Black

    Millons are still supporting because its the people’s party. Tell the so called advocate to revise his law notes. laws are crafted in parliament, demostrations are done by laymen. will be back in three weeks time, will miss you guys.

  17. No political compliance to international organs ,no economic compliance. setting your own standards its high time we find our missing 15bilion before another one coming goes missing

  18. We love Chamisa.Change is finally here. Haticheuke

  19. simbarashe shoko

    MDC made a list of demands and America said its their benchmark for engagement. No MDC says a lot of lies about ZEC and America is now saying there is no action being undertaken by the president in ensuring free and fair. I ant to understand the following are not practical step by government to ensure free and fair elections.

    1) All SMALL OPPOSITION OUTFIT ARE ALLOWED TO CAMPAIGN FREELY.
    2) ZANU HAS NEVER STOPPED ANYONE FROM CAMPAIGNING EVERYWHERE IN ZIMBABWE.
    3) POLICE ARE NOT APPLYING POSA RULLES ON POLITICAL PARTIES.
    4) PRESIDENT HAS INVITED ALL FORMER HOSTILE GOVERNMENTS TO OBSERVE OUR ELECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 23 YEARS.
    5) MANY OPPOSITION PARTIES EVEN LITTLE KNOWN OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE SHOWN ON tv ETC.
    6)HE HAS PROCLAIMED ELECTION DATES AS ALLOWED BY THE CONSTITUTION.
    7) HE HAS AVAILED FUNDS FOR ZEC TO CONDUCT ELECTIONS REGISTRATION AND PREPARATION OF VOTERS ROLL.
    8) HE DID NOT BAN FACEBOOK, INTERNET, YAHOO, YOU TUBE, VOICE OF AMERICA WHO AIR HATE SPEECH.
    9) HE OPENED FREEDOM OF SPEECH (ANYONE CAN SAY ANYTHING TO PRESIDENT WITHOUT FEAR OF ARREST)
    10) HE OPENED EVEN A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WHERE PEOPLE COMMUNICATE WITH THE PRESIDENT.
    11) HE ALLOWED PEOPLE IN HIS PARTY TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME. SMALL PARTIES FAILED TO DO THAT.
    12) HE REMOVED ROAD BLOCKS FROM THE ROADS TO ALLOW FREE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE.

    Maybe Mr croon want MDC to run our elections. Zec said everyone who need a voters roll will have it. Mnangagwa does not run ZEC. Zec said everyone will be invited to inspect during ballot paper printing.

    Please Mr croon must understand that MDC has followers who are far less than Zanupfs a shown by these small number of Rallies so far addressed by Zanu. So those small little parties fear the obvious drubbing and clobbering.This is the problem of democracy. Numbers don’t lie but imagination will remain imagination. Dreams will remain dream. Rallies addressed by Chinos yesterday and the other one addressed By KEMBO has a truth telling effect. Chamisa wrote a letter to ED asking to be in the government of national unity and this i an honest admission of impending defeat.

    1. you have said it all spot on you

  20. reams will remain dream. Rallies addressed by Chinos yesterday and the other one addressed By KEMBO has a truth telling effect. Chamisa wrote a letter to ED asking to be in the government of national unity and this i an honest admission of impending defeat.
    Chinoz rallies, rice being dished, we are not fools . Chamisa addresses rallies but does not give rice. Free rice, obtained using tax payer’s money.
    ZTV is just awash with Zanu Propaganda, Herald columnists attacking Chamisa.Last week ZEC was refusing with voter’s roll.
    They will give in to pressure . They are scarred of united opposition. ChAKACHAYA. Chamisa aenda ne nyika

    1. Nhai kepeboy, unoda voters roll risati rapera kugadzirwa here? unoda kuona printing yrballot paper iro risati rave kuprintwa here? Ringaprindwa zvino riine mazita anani before the sitting of the nomination court????? Zvimwe hazvidi Maths dzakanyanya but simple reasoning.

  21. unonyepera vanhu iwe haunyari “MDC” has followers more than Zanoids uchazvionera pamunho sefodya come 30 july

  22. Those who say Chamisa wrote letter to ED, can we have copy of letter and read it please?
    Useless political propaganda by zanu pf, this time hamulume ZANU pf, even if you rig.
    We are tired of sleeping at banks waiting to get $20 bond.

  23. Farai J Nhire

    The opposition members have been free to insult President Mnangagwa and the print and electronic media have been publishing the insults without fear or shame. They often call him EDiot or Erectile Dysifunction to match up ED, His Exellency’s initials for Emmerson Dambudzo. What more freedom do we want? Sanator Coons has a lot to lecture to Trump before he comes here. Charity begins at home sir.

  24. My Zanu Pf collegues, go to Nyabira, Murombedzi, Mazowe, Shamva, Mtoko, Chiweshe, Gutu, Zaka, Bikita and see how Chamisa is proving to be the hope of Zimbabweans. People are now tired of Zanu Pf, people want money from banks, not buying bond notes from unscrupulous Zanu Pf agents, People want medicines in public hospitals , not Isuzus donated to chiefs. People want jobs and not being vendors for the rest of their lives. those who try to venture in to SMS business are sinking because the current government is not creating a conducive environment. Teachers are earning less than poverty datum line yet the country is rich , its resources being looted by the Zanu administration. Since we heard ED talking against corruption, which official is in jail? Musatijairira plz.

  25. We do not need Coons to lecture us on democracy. His services are needed more in Saudi Arabia, where there no elections at all. Saudi Arabia happens to be one of the USA’s best friends, but the Americans see no need to complain about the total lack of democracy there. We would rather receive a lecture on democracy from Zambia or Namibia, because these two countries are more democratic than Zimbabwe, and are more democratic than the USA, which befriends dictatorship in the form of Saudi Arabia, Uganda etc, whilst also supporting terrorism in the form of ISIL, SDF, and other countless terror groups worldwide. We haven’t forgotten that USA supported Africa’s arch-terrorist Jonas Savimbi, and other murderous dictators such as Mobutu and Saddam Hussein. Whether Zimbabwe is on the right path or not is nothing to do with a foreign government which itself has openly supported dictatorship and terror, and happens to the the only country in the world which has used nuclear weapons to target highly populated civilian cities (in 1944). The USA also used nuclear shells in Iraq, which they stupidly re-defined “depleted uranium.” Well, Mnangagwa is not a saint, but he will never match the USA in terms of cruelty, betrayal and outright deception.

    1. i thought the president made it clear when he said the election process is open to every gvt to observe… so clearly Mr Croon had a right to express his opinion.

      1. Yes, but how does Mnangagwa become president, ZEC and Parliament at the same time? On a lighter note TJ happen to be initials for my little son Takomborerwa Joshua Machakachaka. Son opposing father? kkkkkkkk

  26. i thought ED said every nation is free to observe the election proceess… saka Mr Croon has every right to express his opinion

  27. the issue is not about campaibning yu fools its about the likes who print the ballot paper what so special about telling the zimbabweans about it,tell us period yu are saying people are free what free just look and check wat happened to the person who criticized rugeje last weekend he was slapped in front of him by his supporters (Rugeje) now youths are intimidating villagers inGokwe saying if yu vote for chamisa yu will be short dead whats that?there is no democracy myb for yu Zanoids stupid fools singing for yor supper,musatonyoko yenyu mhani monditsamwisa imwi pasi ne Zanuuuuuuu

  28. ZANU PF YOUTH

    This one is a delayed match. MDC T defeated a united ZANU Pf that consisted of the G40s and the Team Lacoste.They were defeated in all national elections conducted in Zimbabwe.Robert Mugabe has all these records. Even if the ZANU Pf distort the MDC T machine for engulfing Thokozani Khupe to their side , this will not stop the will of the suffering Zimbabweans. What people should bear in their minds is to know that only the MDC Alliance is the only part with the people of Zimbabwe at heart . ZANU PF knows that this is true. They only want to serve for their crimes they committed against the atrocities the opposition parties when they killed them . Only the MDCT Alliance is the only party able to put the food on the table as well as creating employment. To all the youth both in ZANU PF and MDCT alliance as well as other opposition parties, let us rally for THE YOUTHFUL AND FECUNDITY LEADER IN THE NAME OF ADVOCATE NELSON CHAMISA

  29. Zanu stupids ,
    which reforms, you move around misinforming and threatening people ad villagers that BVR will let you know where voters put their X and you kill them. You are idiots

  30. EDiots which reforms are there in Zanu PF. No one has been convicted but when the launched a military coup they claimed to be targeting criminal elements but til today 0 convicts.

  31. 100% correct Samaritan! Not one Zanu PF criminal convicted and still no answers to all the stolen cash! What happened to the suitcase that was seized with $10 million in CASH !!
    It is high tine we have a change of government. VOTE FOR ANYONE EXCEPT FOR ZANU PF or so called Robert Mugabe party !

  32. Farai Johnson Nhire

    While Sanator Coons has freedom to express himself, he gets his priorities very wrong. Right now the world is on the brink of another global millitary conflict because of Mr Coons’s felow American by the name Mike Pompeo who is too pompous to have a position that he holds in such a powerful nuclear armed nation. The man is buisy provoking already troubled Syria, Iran and nuclear armed Russia and China with a potential of triggering a nuclear war. Please Mr Coons get buisy restraining your pompous Pompeo and Donald before the world gets finished and stop inciting peacfull Zimbabwe.

  33. Youths in Mbire

    Let the Americans speak of Democracy. Is it not a fact that ED invited America to observe Zim polls? They can comment whereever they hold an opinion that things must improve for the betterment of Zimbabweans. On Hard talk when chamisa was mistreated by the interviews Zanu, ZBC and Herald celebrated as if they had managed to rig elections. If it was a Zanu member ill treated , they would cry foul.

  34. Farai Johnson Nhire

    The Americans have no business lecturing free and fair elections and human rights to our respectable and calm head of state. All states of the Us which are made up of blacks as the majority are alloted the least number of electroral college votes and only God knows the reason why. These people have a history of kidnaping our brothers and sisters and raping them and using them as beasts of burden(donkeys ). They up to this day shoot them and carry out all sorts of extra dudicial executions agaist them and we are not amused at all. Mr Coons please, deal fairly with American blacks before you pretent to want to do so in AFRICA. Charity begins at home and we are not stupid at all.

  35. all ice no cake; all foam no beer; all networks no phone; ALL CANDIDATE NO VOTE!!!

    hahahaaa…hanzi economic reforms not so called “MEGA DEALS..” lolest very interesting

  36. mudhinda nzou

    The ZANUS have lost it , they think we can watch and stand aloof whilst they smack our fellow MDC alliance cadres no we will not do that .Its h i time they should be taught life lessons ,that they are also born of women and feel pained if thrashed ,they die just like the ordinary beings,they feel the painful pinch of being unemployed like the MDC alliance members lest they die paupers as they are regarded by their own slave master Z.A.N.U P.F

  37. IWANT AMERICA AU SADIC EU TO CONTROL ISUE OF REFORMS U ZANU PF SUPOTER STOP TOK NONSES KEP QUITE WE WANT FREE AND FAER

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