EU lifts travel ban on Mugabe for 1 year

BRUSSELS - The European Union is easing its travel ban on Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, while he serves as chairman of the African Union for the next year.

EU spokesperson Catherine Ray said Tuesday that the "ban will be lifted when he is traveling under his African Union chairmanship capacity."

The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 over abuses linked to national elections, banning travel in Europe and freezing the assets of dozens of officials and business representatives.

The measures have been gradually lifted in recent years to encourage reform but the 90-year-old Zimbabwean leader and his wife Grace remain on the EU blacklist.

The role of rotating AU chairman is largely ceremonial.

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lovejoy - 4 February 2015

The reasons they are giving for lifting sanctions and the conditions they impose say a lot. Mugabe is allowed to do whatever business for as long as it is AU business.

selele - 4 February 2015

Why would a pretend hardcore pan-Africanist Mugabe want to go to Europe for? He must do his begging in Africa.

Musona - 4 February 2015

Thank the good Lord that the EU, AU, SADC or any other sorry world wide organisation or government has NO monopoly on travel to heaven. Dirty thing this politics! Stupid too! If I had RGM's tack record at Interpol, ICC or anywhere else I would be enjoying breakfast in Chikirubi. God will NOT be mocked! He hates injustice and uneven scales!

Righteous Justice - 4 February 2015

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