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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions on Zimbabwe's Anti-Democratic Forces

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Olalekan Adigun
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U.S. visa restrictions target Zimbabwe

As the United States tightens its visa policy, the focus sharply turns towards individuals accused of corrupting democracy in Zimbabwe. The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has attracted both opposition and support within the African nation.

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Targeting Anti-Democratic Forces

Lawrence Socha, the spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, elaborated on the policy, stating that it was designed for individuals involved in anti-democratic actions. These could range from corruption, such as bribery, which undermines the electoral process, to interference with the judiciary's independent operation, as well as human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

However, the visa restrictions are not intended for the general Zimbabwean populace. The U.S. supports Zimbabwe's aspirations for legitimate elections, democratic strengthening, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.

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ZANU PF's Take on the Policy

Meanwhile, ZANU PF's Director for Information and Publicity, Farai Muroiwa Marapira, conveyed the party's resilience against the new U.S. visa restriction policy. He emphasized their openness to friendship, despite the U.S. government's intent on changing the government. Marapira reaffirmed that they remained unfazed, resolute, and adhered to President ED Mnangagwa's wisdom: being an enemy to none and a friend to all.

CCC Welcomes U.S. Action

On the other hand, the Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC)'s spokesman, Promise Mkwananzi, lauded the U.S. measures. He urged other governments and regional organizations, like the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to implement similar sanctions to deter those who seek to undermine Zimbabwe's democratic will. Mkwananzi emphasized the importance of discouraging individuals, including those outside ZANU-PF, who collaborate with the regime in disrespecting the voice of the Zimbabwean people.

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