Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party should stop blaming the country’s economic woes on sanctions and focus on sound policy decisions which would assist in developing a new trajectory for the nation, US ambassador Bruce Wharton has reportedly said.
According to a newzimbabwe.com report, Wharton said the economic and political problems that Zimbabwe faced were self-made.
Wharton said some of Zimbabwe’s policies had plunged the country into crisis and these included the unbudgeted 1997 cash-pay-outs given to war veterans.
He added that the country’s economic turnaround witnessed between 2008 and 2010 also provided "insight into the positive and negative effects of critical policy decisions by government”.
Wharton stressed that Zimbabwe’s sovereign policy decisions were the primary drivers of its economic performance, as they were no sanctions in 1997.
But Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party insist sanctions imposed by the US and European countries were responsible for Zimbabwe’s economic problems.
The veteran leader is accused of presiding over serious human rights abuses in his country.
The EU has, however, indicated it will lift its remaining sanctions next week, although not on Mugabe and his wife Grace.