The United States government has announced that the man at the helm of reviewing sanctions against President Emmerson Mnangagwa and is expected to come and observe the upcoming polls.
Senator Jeffy Flake serves as the junior United States Senator for Arizona, elected in 2012. He is a Republican and has already revealed that sanctions will only be reviewed after the upcoming polls.
United State Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian A. Nichols on Friday afternoon said, “We will have Senator Flake as part of our delegation to come and observe elections here in Zimbabwe”
United States Senate Flake is expected to jet into Zimbabwe days before the 30th July polls.
Flake, is behind a proposed amendment to the U.S.’ Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA). The bill details the steps which Zimbabwe must take for U.S. sanctions to be lifted, namely the holding of free and fair elections.
Mnangagwa has said that he is committed to holding open elections in July of this year and has invited external observers to the expected event.