EU mulls fresh sanctions on Mugabe govt

HARARE - The European Union (EU) Parliament wants President Robert Mugabe’s government slapped with fresh sanctions over torture of human rights defenders and abductions of pro-democracy activists.

This comes as Mugabe and his government are facing growing resistance from angry and fed up Zimbabweans who accuse them of ruining the once strong economy.

In its resolutions in Brussels last month, the EU Parliament said the government must act in accordance with international human rights principles and laws, including freedom of assembly, association and expression.

“(EU) Believes that the Council and Commission should carefully analyse the appropriateness of re-imposing certain restrictive measures, while making clear that these will be removed and that a package of assistance will be made available once Zimbabwe is clearly on the path towards democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and specifying, in particular, that assistance will be provided to support a free and fair electoral process and police reform,” said the EU Parliament in one of its resolutions.”

The call by the EU Parliament to slap Zimbabwe with new sanctions comes as Mugabe is facing the biggest challenge to his 36-year-rule, which the restive populace blame for the current economic rot.

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabweans have known since the country gained its independence from Britain in April 1980, is battling to save his long political career as citizen unrest escalates over the ever-deteriorating quality of life locally, which they blame squarely on his misrule.

But the increasingly frail nonagenarian has not taken lightly to the challenge to his power, unleashing the country’s security apparatus on the restive populace with devastating consequences — amid fears that the government may effect a State of Emergency to contain growing civil unrest.

The EU said it was wrong for Mugabe to clampdown on rights and pro-democracy groups who were staging peaceful demonstrations against his government.

“(EU) Is worried about the rise in the number of arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders and those engaging in peaceful and lawful demonstrations and urges that the rule of law be respected and that the Constitution be upheld,” the EU said.

“(EU) Urges the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the commonwealth to re-engage in helping Zimbabwe back onto the path of democracy.”

The EU for more than a decade maintained sanctions that it had placed on Mugabe and his allies in Zanu PF after the nonagenarian’s government was accused of violating human and property rights.

But Mugabe said he was being punished for embarking on agrarian reforms which dispossessed the whites from the country’s vast commercial farms.

The EU relaxed most of its restrictive measures after “noting” that Mugabe had made progress in implementing reforms which included stopping violence, crafting a new Constitution and opening a re-engagement process with the West.

However, the new concerns by the EU could scuttle the investment and dialogue currently underway with European countries.

Mugabe’s government needs cash to resuscitate the near comatose economy which has triggered public anger.

Angry Zimbabweans, reeling from the current economic meltdown which they blame on him, have been holding endless demonstrations since the economy hit turbulence in early June.

Three weeks ago, police and soldiers ran amok in many of Harare’s high density suburbs where they indiscriminately beat up nightclub revellers, before they also ordered the early closure of shops in Chitungwiza.

Authorities also savaged and arrested scores of pro-democracy activists and opposition members coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), who were holding nationwide protests to press for much-needed electoral reforms ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

This was despite the fact that demonstrations outside central Harare had not been included in the current police ban on mass action of any kind.

Comments (11)

This isn't going to be like 2008. If they try to torture and beat us we will record them and the whole world will see these thugs for who they are. #use social media to protest!! thats the one thing they haven't taken from us yet. Evan Mawarire did and they were shaking in their boots!! #socialmedia

Young Zimbo - 7 October 2016

may GOD forgive me for saying this as a Christian but that's real .... I dislike Mugabe this unrepentant , unremorseful Mugabe worse than smith and other whites @ 92 you are still boastful, threatening to kill your people that the history you are leaving behind ........... shame maningi

peacelover - 7 October 2016

may GOD forgive me for saying this as a Christian but that's real .... I dislike Mugabe this unrepentant , unremorseful Mugabe worse than smith and other whites @ 92 you are still boastful, threatening to kill your people that the history you are leaving behind ........... shame maningi

peacelover - 7 October 2016

I repeat what I have been saying before: Mugabe is opening our country to foreign intervention and eventually foreign run. A house (Zimbabwe) without order is open to infiltration by foreigners. The sooner we realise this the better for us. For that reason Mugabe has to go now to so that we elect a new leader before foreigners impose one on us through the back door.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 7 October 2016

european union yu have refutable evidence that the united states is trampling the rights of its black citizens who are being killed everyday by the police and yet yu have not sanctioned the united states nor issued a staement condemning such flagrant abuse,if yu want to be taken seriously first start by sanctioning yourself for colonialism and pay reparations for what yu looted which is well documented,just as the philipines president has told yu to go to hell together with the united states,we as self respecting black people are showing yu the middle finger,we are tired of such hipocrisy

truth - 8 October 2016

Cde Mugabe must act like Philipino President Duarte and tell the West to "F..k Off and go to hell"

Julien Moore - 8 October 2016

Actually it is people like @truth and @julien Moore who need to be told "F..k Off and go to hell". Mugabe must stop what he is doing to his fellow black people. Full stop. Whether in this country or the other country blacks are being killed because those who perpetrate those killings are racist or not is neither here nor there. The people of Zimbabwe cannot wait for America to remove her racists so that Mugabe will change maitiro ake. The bugger must leave and do it fast. Tajamuka isu.

Magoronganye - 9 October 2016

The full strategy against Zimbabwe and Mugabe in particular is little understood by Zimbabweans and Africans in general. During the colonial era African colonies were managed by chartered companies owned by individuals. EU's strategy is for black African States to revert back to that modus operandi especially for SADC and East Africa. Mugabe appears to have a clear understanding of this EU strategy hence the onslaught on him and Zimbabwe. Fortunately this current restlessness will make people ask more questions about this, "Third Force". Too late white man all has been discovered, the details will soon emerge.

ADF - 10 October 2016

@ADF whether or not there is such a strategy in play is of little consequence to the ordinary zimbabwean. There are clear cut cases of corruption and economic mismanagement by the government. Surely how do you expect an economy to perform when it's own government is sabotaging it?

suffering - 10 October 2016

wedenga pindirai, zvazonyanya.

DAT - 10 October 2016

Adf #truth All delusional!

Young Zimbo - 10 October 2016

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