Zimbabwe's economic crisis deepens - Rwandans adapt fast to used clothing import ban
Zimbabwe has struggled since longtime ruler Robert Mugabe's reign came to an end in 2017. Analysts describe President Emmerson Mnangagwa's first year in office as a period of indecisive and experimental policies.
Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda plan to ban all imports of second-hand clothing in order to strengthen their textile industry. But with the US threatening consequences, EAC leaders have agreed to a small compromise.
Zimbabwe will have "free, fair, credible" presidential elections by July 2018, said the interim president. But analysts believe Mnangagwa is "not a very democratic individual" and "people should have no illusions."
Banning the import of second-hand clothes is not the answer to reviving East Africa's textile industry. But the deal to phase out the imports also hands another political score to the US, writes DW's Isaac Mugabi.
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