In his latest prophecy, Pastor Ian Ndlovu of Divine Kingdom Baptist Ministries claimed that the frosty relations between Zimbabwe and the United States of America are set to improve with the Western superpower easing its treatment of the Southern African state.
In 2001, the United States began imposing restrictions on U.S. support for multilateral financing, followed by financial and travel sanctions against selected individuals and entities and a ban on transfers of defence items and services, and suspended non-humanitarian government-to-government assistance to Zimbabwe indicating its bad human rights record. To this day, relations between Harare and Washington DC remain cold despite the Zimbabwean government’s re-engagement drive anchored on a commitment to reform.
The Bulawayo-based cleric, however, said that this narrative of “ill-feeling and misunderstanding” between the two former British colonies will soon change.
Speaking during a prophetic service on Sunday, Pastor Ndlovu claimed that God showed him a vision in which a Zimbabwean and an American citizen ran astride each other, flying their flags. This, he said, signified that the two nations will soon reach a mutual understanding that will see them working out their differences and cooperating to develop each other.
He added that Zimbabwe will also move on to legally adopt the United States Dollar as its currency to rescue itself from the current economic doldrums.
“The Holy Spirit said time is coming and it is not far from now when the two nations will have good relations,” he said. “Not only good relations, but…the Spirit of God said even when it comes to monetary system in the near future there will be a compromise.”
He also assured his followers difficult times were coming ahead for the country but because of the prayers of the saints, God had shortened the period.
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Pastor Ndlovu’s oracle comes at a time when the US government has said it is alarmed by the ill-treatment of Zimbabwean citizens by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. The Washington DC said it was such acts that continue to strains their relations with Harare.
The Mnangagwa government has of late been criticised for abductions and torture of political activists, trade unionists and human rights activists.
It has also come under fire for failing to bring to book the soldiers who shot and killed six civilians in August last year.
The government also deployed the army in January this year to quell protests, resulting in the deaths of at least 17 people.
US ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols last month said Zimbabwe should focus on implementing democratic reforms and dealing with corruption.
Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo however, threatened to cut off diplomatic ties with the US after he sharply criticised Ambassador Nichols and called him an “opposition citadel”. Moyo’s attack on Nichols came after the US diplomat rubbished the Southern African Development Community (SADC) campaign to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe and said corruption, not sanctions, are behind the country’s economic crisis.
On October 25, the day SADC set to support the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe, the US responded by slapping more sanctions on state security minister Owen Ncube, accusing him of human rights abuses and involvement in a recent series of state-sanctioned abductions against those who oppose the government. Ncube is a close ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the new sanctions were seen as a slap in the face for the president.
Within the confines of the “targeted sanctions” program, the U.S. Government claims that it is working to promote Zimbabwe’s economic recovery following years of decline and to highlight opportunities for trade and investment that will benefit U.S. and Zimbabwean businesses alike.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistance to Zimbabwe since 2002 has focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, democracy and governance programs, humanitarian assistance, economic growth and agriculture, and investing in people.
In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began a direct assistance program. CDC’s program consists of prevention of HIV transmission; improved care of persons with HIV/AIDS; surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation of the epidemic; and health sector infrastructure support.
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