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21.03.2009 Feature Article

Will US Relations with Zimbabwe Improve soon?

Just when one couldn't expect the Relations between the United States and Zimbabwe to get any more Interesting they did. It is no secret that President Obama has stated that the Policy towards Zimbabwe is under review but the event that appears to be drawing Politicians together may improve relations that have been cold since 2002.

The Motor Vehicle Crash that resulted in the Death of Susan Tvsangairi earlier this month touched a lot of people. Zimbabwe has a notorious record when it comes to highway safety over the last decade. There are reports that some of the Highways are in poor condition along with some of the modes of transportation. But what is the most interesting thing is that the other vehicle that was involved in the crash was registered to the US Embassy in Harare.

Over the past few years relations between the US Embassy Staff in Harare and the Zimbabwe Police Force were brutal. On more than one occasion Embassy Staff (American and Zimbabwean) have had several encounters which were not considered to be civil. After one encounter President Mugabe actually stated that the US Ambassador could "Go to Hell." On another occasion a Zimbabwean Police Car Grazed another Ambassador. The US Embassy has been active during the previous crackdowns by monitoring Trials.

At the weekly Cabinet Meeting a MDC member who was actually close to the last Mrs Tvsangairi suggested that an Impartial Investigation be made into this fatal crash. To this date there are a lot of suspicions of Foul Play in this incident. Even though the Vehicle was registered to the US Embassy the Driver was a Zimbabwean Employee of the US Government. He is currently facing charges in this Incident.

There are now reports that the CIA will conduct an Independent Investigation into this crash. This is interesting considering two crucial facts. First of all the CIA was accused by ZANU-PF of actually financially supporting the MDC. Western Support of the Opposition and talks of Neo-Colonialism were hallmarks of previous Zimbabwean Electoral Cycles. So having the CIA in Zimbabwe may be chafing to the Zimbabwean Security Forces.

The Second Fact is why have the CIA investigate this Accident? The CIA Mission should be Espionage and other acts to benefit the Interests of the United States. Any Investigation of Accidents should be the job of the FBI. The Fact that the MDC has asked the CIA for assistance shows that despite having the portfolio for Internal Security in this Government they have some trust issues with the Actions of the Zimbabwean Police in the Past.

Having the US sending a person to conduct an Independent Investigation in this crash can be seen that there is a Desired for Improved Relations with the USA. Since the new Government took over there has been an increase in the Farm Invasions in the Country. Even though the Policy is under review at this time the Sanctions still remain in place for the forseeable future. It appears that the US wants to Give this new Government a Chance to Work.

Having the US assist with this Independent Investigation may Pay Dividends down the road.

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Scott A Morgan
Scott A Morgan, © 2009

This author has authored 88 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: ScottAMorgan

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