EU renews sanctions on Zim, Mugabe

HARARE - The European Union renewed for another year its sanctions against Zimbabwe, including a travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, according to a notice on Friday in the EU’s Official Journal.

“The restrictive measures should be renewed until Feb 20, 2016,” the notice read.

“The application of the travel ban and asset freeze should be maintained for two persons.”

Since imposing sanctions in 2002 over electoral fraud and human rights abuses, the EU has eased measures to encourage political reform in Zimbabwe, although it has kept its ban on Mugabe and his wife Grace, as well as an arms embargo.

This week it gave Zimbabwe 234 million euros in aid, its first since sanctions were imposed. And earlier this month, EU officials said that the 91-year-old president might be allowed in on an exceptional basis during his year-long chairmanship of the African Union, if travelling on AU business.

The Official Journal, however, made clear EU governments are not yet convinced that Mugabe had changed enough to merit a final lifting of restrictions. Representatives of the 28-member states had “carried out a review” of sanctions “taking into account political developments in Zimbabwe”, the notice read.

And they would remain in force.

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980 and has frequently clashed with the West. EU states were divided in their response when Mugabe won a fifth term in a 2013 election that was endorsed as free by African observers but denounced as fraudulent by the opposition.

The EU invited Mugabe to attend an EU-Africa summit in Brussels last April, but he stayed away because his wife was not invited. Following Mugabe’s protest, South African President Jacob Zuma also decided to stay at home.

Comments (3)

The E.U sanctions on Zimbabwe we not welcome but on certain individuals who do not wish to understand should not be understood also.People are suffering home now and other insensitive people still work hard to fundraise for a birthday party for the 91 year old man.demonic and they all deserve all bad that comes their way

carson macate - 22 February 2015

Thank you EU at least you have people of this nation at hart during this very dark times of its history .You are even better than the useless SADC . Never allow the killer and fraudster to enter your countries . Your sanctions are working that is why he mentions them at every gathering even funerals ,Keep on keeping on thank you very much EU twaalumba job well done.

Diibulaanyika - 22 February 2015

It seems that a lot of Zanu intellectual retards have actually forgotten why sanctions were introduced. Also it is of relevance that Zanu has not changed course from its evil ways. This list of terrorist needs to be expanded. Apparently the pseudo-marxist Aldo Dell'Ariccia and the ultra-liberal Catriona Laing would have nothing of it.

Stan Isaak Gorerazvo - 22 February 2015

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