The United States President, Donald Trump on Monday announced extension of sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe held fresh elections recently but that appears not enough for the lifting of sanctions by the U.S anytime soon.
President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has been seeking new relationship with Europe and America.
But President Trump says Zimbabwe’s policies pose an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.”
A notice announcing the extension, Trump said “I am continuing for (one) year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”
Last year the US government says it will only lift sanctions when the new government demonstrates it is “changing its ways.”
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Manisha Singh had disclosed that 141 entities and individuals are still under U.S sanctions.
Those individuals include President Mnangagwa and former president Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe held elections in August 2018 with President Mnangagwa being declared winner.
The opposition challenged the results at the country’s top court. The judges upheld the results.
Mnangagwa was sworn in last year to serve a five year term. He however seems to be establishing strong ties with China and Russia.
The U.S government has already warned African governments against doing business with China.