Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement regarding the situation in Zimbabwe:

“It is time for Robert Mugabe’s brutal reign to come to an end. Over the past 37 years, Mugabe has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy and promoted corruption at the highest levels. His security forces have mercilessly crushed peaceful protests and used famine as a political weapon.

“In this tense moment, it is critical that all sides refrain from violence. Meanwhile, the Trump administration and regional leaders should press for immediate free and fair elections. The people of Zimbabwe deserve a democratic government that values human rights, respects political opposition and delivers on desperately needed economic reforms.”