Zanu PF scoffs at relaxation of EU sanctions

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s party, Zanu PF, has dismissed the suspension of European Union (EU) sanctions on service chiefs as a non-event, demanding that the nonagenarian and his wife be removed from the list also.

The EU on Monday dropped from the sanctions list Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander general Constantine Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Army commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda, Air Force of Zimbabwe commander Perence Shiri, intelligence chief Happyton Bonyongwe, police chief Augustine Chihuri and Didymus Mutasa, the minister of State for Presidential Affairs.

However, the body kept Mugabe and his wife, Grace, on the travel bans.

The EU also kept sanctions on a weapons manufacturer, Zimbabwe Defence Industries. The bloc’s arms embargo will be unchanged too.

The 28-nation EU bloc — which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 in protest against human rights violations — has been gradually easing the illegal sanctions over the last few years.

Rugare Gumbo, Zanu PF spokesperson, dismissed the EU move.

“Well, as long as the president and the first family are still on the sanctions list, there is no removal to talk about,” Gumbo told the Daily News.

“We demand total removal of sanctions because there is no reason why the president has to be on that list. What crime has he done? To us there is no suspension with the president on that list.

“The EU delegation that was here last week said sanctions are hurting the people. They are not targeted. So the EU needs to remove the sanctions and allow us to continue with our empowerment drive.”

Comments (8)

To quote, " What crime has he done", unquote. He slaughtered the Ndebele people, and more.

lorenzo - 19 February 2014

I am shocked to lean that The Daily News also refers to the sunctions as illegal. May I ask ask in what way are they illegal?

Ziziharinanyanga - 19 February 2014

The limping donkey should remain under sanctions until madhongi amera nyanga. Gumbo mutsvairo, kanoda kufamba manhingi.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 19 February 2014

Now it is only Mugabe and Zimbabwe Defence Industries who remain on sanctions. Perhaps Gumbo and Chinotimba can explain to the nation how the remaining sanctions affect the economy. Because, in my opinion, if Mugabe is allowed into Europe, he will be in London three times a week to the detriment of the economy. He used to go to Mozambique or Zambia via London, and return by the same route

Leximus - 20 February 2014

Still those sunction on targeted individuals will affect the rest of the Zimbabweans

Mashiriyapungana - 20 February 2014

What sanctions????? There are no sanctions! There is only looting and stealing at the highest level. Sanctions my foot...

Zuruvi - 20 February 2014

Still those sunction on targeted individuals will affect the rest of the Zimbabweans.Sanctions must be lifted totally

Mashiriyapungana - 20 February 2014

Well, I do not know what sunction means. I was talking about sanctions. Rhodesia was under total sanctions from the world over, its neighbors, except South Africa, closed its borders. No trade except with SA, yet it prospered well beyond the world's imagination. Today we have a geriatric president who thinks he is british enough to have his wife shop at Harrods, and you say this is what is affecting the whole country! Its amazing how zanupf manages to find idiots like you in Zim.

Leximus - 21 February 2014

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