End sanctions on Zim, Ramaphosa tells EU

HARARE - South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, pictured, has called on the European Union (EU) to remove sanctions on members of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite and said the country has turned a “wonderful corner”.

The EU maintains a travel and economic embargo on several Zanu PF officials, top military figures and some government-owned firms.

The sanctions were imposed during former president Robert Mugabe’s rule over what it called human rights and democracy violations.

The EU lifted most of its sanctions in 2014.

Following the country’s July 30 disputed elections that saw 76-year-old President Emmerson  Mnangagwa beat the opposition MDC’s Nelson Chamisa, 40, with a razor thin margin, the EU said the polls failed to meet international standards and called for substantive changes in the country’s governance system.

In a statement on Thursday, Ramaphosa said he had implored EU leaders, pointedly president of the European Council Donald Tusk and his European Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker at the South Africa-EU summit held in Belgium to re-think their position and consider re-engaging Zimbabwe.

“We discussed the matter of other countries in our region, particularly Zimbabwe; and we called upon the EU to review its position on Zimbabwe and move towards lifting whatever sanctions they might still have ...because it is on a path of great reforms and we insisted that this needs to be supported as Zimbabwe has turned a wonderful corner,” Ramaphosa said.

In its analysis of the country’s elections, the EU Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) concluded that Mnangagwa’s win was overtly supported by an uneven electoral field.

The EU EOM noted with concern that the results were neither traceable nor verifiable due to the inability of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in posting results outside all polling stations.

“The misuse of State resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in State media all in favour of the ruling party negatively impacted on the democratic character of the pre-electoral environment,” part of the observer mission’s report reads.

Mnangagwa’s office insists there was nothing alarming in the EU report and if anything, it proves that there is no perfect democracy.

“This has absolutely no impact on the presidency. The EU does not question the president’s legitimacy,” permanent secretary in the Information ministry Nick Mangwana said at the time the report was released.

“The report simply says there are ecological issues that need cleansing going forward.”

Comments (9)

This mangwana was a ZANU leader in the UK and the EU before returning.... Where are the sanctions ? . Ma sanctions hamuwazive....kana kuti murikuti hamuna mari ?.....chinjayi maitiro nhamo irikwese. Mugore remangwana hakuna nurse mutema achaseenza munyika idzi...makatogarika. Zvaakupera.

Sally Fenny - 17 November 2018

Very true @Sally Fenny they just want to call the shots

Bere - 17 November 2018

Kunechii Ku EU kwamurikuda kuyenda , hadzisi nyika dzevanhu vatema. Vechidiki kwakavafita...kana dzavakuchena pinda munzira...kunze kanaunemari savamasiiwa , which is the issue. Dzimba dzezvitombo ngadziyende kuvanhu ndokuti tinzwanane.

feyi nhungu - 17 November 2018

Get rid of Chiwenga and other army guys in the govt State operated enterprises; get rid of AIPPA and POSA, get rid of all the old/previous Mugabe era thieves: Chinamassa, Gumbo, Mpofu et al.

Is that so? - 17 November 2018

The EU has its own problems , kuti vanofunga zveku Zimbabwe ?, handifunge. Problem yatisirikuwona Zimbabwe for 20yrs yayipihwa aid nekuti yangaichazvarwa. Asi zvaizopeta uye muhurumende hamuna vanhu varikuda kuseenzera nyika...vanhu vanoda mabhizimusi kudarika kubatsira. Hazvina kuipa..chinjai maitiro , kwete kuti murikwese. Hakuna kusina nhamo...ma ministers emu EU haana ma bantleys kana ma rolls haana mari yacho.

Tsika dzakanaka - 17 November 2018

Resizimu yepa indaneti haazi ma sanctions e ZANU...ndeemabhoi mu sikoti ndiye inofarira kuwanza zvake. Indaneti yava kumanejewa ne randani , kuhwandisa varungu vasisina mari. Ichasvika nguva yekuti kana imeyiri chaiyo hayisvike kuzimbabwe..hatina vatungamiriri...uye kana muchitambura kudai munotaura nechirungu. Ndimi mega munozviisira ma sanctions. Nyika yese inotauya chirungu iripasi pe murungu. Nhamo ichanyanya kana south yave kutora ivhu...

zuruva - 17 November 2018

There is poverty in the EU , lots of poverty , not in all countries tho. What it means is their people first , varwere vekure kure kumashure. Dai makangwara mavakutaura chi tswana mese , vamwe chimwenye....kuti vasakuzivai. Dzimwe nyika mabhoi haadiwe pa internet chaipo kusara kwe YouTube...pavanonzi imbayi muchiputa mbaje. Kuita mabhizimusi pa indaneti ndezvevarungu kuti vawanewo mabasa nemari yavasisina.

Jamaica yoyo - 18 November 2018

Now I see where the scarf comes from. Eish, birds of a feather! Meanwhile back at the ranch CR is busy deliberately & unashamedly misleading the SA parliament about ill gotten gains. Our so- called African leaders are all born from the same mother. Rotten & corrupt to the core!

Lloyd - 18 November 2018

European terrorists across the border are a problem for businesses and peace in the region.....tell them we are gonna send the Boers to pick them up and lock them at Wawa.

zimfontein - 18 November 2018

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