barack obama.jpgThe United States has extended the illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year.
     
The sanctions were imposed by the George Bush administration on December 21, 2001 through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act, ZIDERA to assist Britain in the fight with her former colony Zimbabwe over the land issue.
   
The dispute was triggered by the land reform programme aimed at redistributing the land to empower previously marginalized and disadvantaged black majority, a move that has been strongly resisted by the white former land owners.

In extending the sanctions, US leader Barrack Obama accuses Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe’s action of empowering the black majority as a threat to US foreign policy interests.
 
President Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara have been calling for the removal of the sanctions and those imposed by the EU and Britain, since the formation of the inclusive government, with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai only joining the chorus on Monday this week.

The sanctions which have been in place for the last seven years have led to the near collapse of many social services such as hospitals, schools , the provision of clean water to towns and municipalities in Zimbabwe and low capacity utilization in the industrial sector.
 
The renewal of the sanctions by the US is a replica of the extension of the EU sanctions a month ago and comes at a time when Zimbabweans are calling for their immediate removal.
 
The sanctions which have been a major outstanding issue in the Global Political Agreement are said to be undermining the inclusive government and stifling the country’s efforts to reach full economic recovery and growth.