Readers who have been keeping up with the murky Zimbabwean politics, would instantly dismiss President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s latest call for the US and EU to lift sanctions as nothing but an excuse for his failure to push through reforms to fix the moribund economy.   

On Sunday Mnangagwa spoke to the nation in a televised address about how sanctions have stifled efforts to revive the economy that is in its worst crisis in more than a decade. It’s the second year running that the ruling Zanu-PF party veteran has blamed sanctions for his failure to reverse the damage of an ill-conceived plan to seize white-owned agricultural land in what was once a thriving economy.  ..

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