HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe is ready to move forward with its economic revival agenda despite the imposition of new sanctions on Harare by the United States government last week.

US President Donald Trump signed into law the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act, effectively extending US sanctions against Zimbabwe. The new law, which amends the ZIDERA legislation of 2001, is a dent on Zimbabwe's re-engagement efforts with the US.

However, President Mnangagwa said here Wednesday he was not losing sleep over the latest stance by the U.S. Should I concern myself with what is happening in Washington? he replied dismissively when asked for his reaction to the latest US sanctions.

He was speaking to the media at the end of a courtesy call on him by US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols at State House Harare.

As for his meeting with the ambassador, the President said they had discussed the current situation in Zimbabwe, including the violent clashes which occurred on Aug 1 following the July 30 general election.

It is necessary, he is an ambassador from the US to Zimbabwe and he must have a correct appreciation of the environment in the country, so he came to the number one in the country to get that appreciation, he


We were able to share his views and my views on the current situation in the country and we are moving forward as a country and we would want our people to be peaceful, to convey the message of peace, tranquillity and unity. Only when a country is stable and people are peaceful can development thrive, not when we are throwing stones at each other.

In a separate interview, Nichols said the US was concerned with the occurrence of violence soon after the July 30 elections and said those responsible for the skirmishes should be brought to book.

The MDC Alliance, the main opposition party, unleashed violence in Harare on Aug 1 in the wake of their humbling defeat to Zanu PF in the legislative elections, and before the announcement if the presidential polls, casting a dark shadow on an otherwise peaceful election.

The violence resulted in the deaths of six people and left several others injured and property damaged. I think a number of the steps and reforms that have taken place over the course of the last nine months have been quite positive (but) the events of August 1st to the present have been deeply troubling to the international community, to my government in particular, and President Mnangagwa's commitment to a transparent, thorough investigation of those events is very important for my government, Nichols said.