Agribank, IDBZ removed from US sanctions list

AgribankTichaona Zindoga Political Editor
The United States of America has removed Agribank and the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe from its sanctions list.

“Following today’s removal of Agribank and IDBZ from the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, a licence is no longer required to engage in transactions with those entities,” read an announcement from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (ofac) which falls under the US Department of Treasury.

The US also removed from the sanctions list late ministers and ruling Zanu-PF party members Amos Bernard Muvenga Midzi and Sikhanyiso Duke Ndlovu as well as Stanley Sakupwanya, who was at one time Zanu-PF’s Deputy Secretary for Disabled and Disadvantaged.

Cde Ndlovu’s wife, Rose Jaele, was also removed from the list as was a private company, Ndlovu Motorways.

Following the review, 98 individuals and 66 entities related to Zimbabwe remain on the US hit list. The United States embassy in Harare confirmed the development and admitted that shackling the two institutions, like many other key bodies and individuals, was detrimental to Zimbabwe.

“These banks provide services to undeserved, disadvantaged populations in Zimbabwe and serve unique development functions and important economic roles in agricultural and infrastructure finance. Their removal is consistent with the US effort to support inclusive economic development and assist the people of Zimbabwe,” said Ms Nicole Finnemann, deputy public affairs officer in response to inquiries from The Herald.

Zimbabwe has always argued that the sanctions that the West imposed on the country are hurting the ordinary people and have cost an estimated $40 billion.

Finnemann said the US would continue reviewing the sanctions regime. “We continue to review our sanctions policies as we monitor the Government of Zimbabwe’s progress in implementing additional political and economic reforms, and would welcome the opportunity to ease sanctions if the government of Zimbabwe demonstrates concrete, positive progress toward the reforms it committed to in its 2013 constitution,” she said.

“Those reforms include establishing, funding, and empowering credible, independent, constitutionally-mandated commissions focused on elections, gender equality, national peace and reconciliation, and media freedom.”

Harare has long insisted that the sanctions, which were imposed outside the United Nations, should be scrapped in toto and immediately.

Last week the Office of Foreign Assets Control, issued a notice titled “Update to OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons; Removal of Zimbabwe General License 1”, which announced the removal of Agribank and the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Any measures to remove the satanic and unjustified illegal sanctions on individuals and corporate entities are most welcome.We expect to see the US regime fully walking (accompanied by van Tsvangisen) on the road to Damascus. Unfortunately and surprisingly ,we still have foolish and misguided opposition politicians in Zimbabwe who don`t believe sanctions are there and detrimental to our economic welfare.

    • Isheanesu

      Correction, under the inalienable sovereign and legal authority of the US, “98 individuals and 66 entities related to Zanu-PF remain on the US targeted sanctions list”.
      As long as Zanu-PF refuses to adhere to and continues to violate people’s rights enshrined in its own sacred Constitution, signed agreements or treaties with the SADC, AU, UN etc, this rogue government will remain a global pariah!

  • Mqophiso W Sibanda

    Where are those that doubted that Zimbabwe is really under sanctions the destructive sanctions?

  • SENSIBLE

    And it is surprising you will hear someone shouting there are no sanctions when 66 entities are on the sanction list. Sometimes people’s ignorance amaze me.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    If you agree the sanctions are there , so what is the correction? May be you wanted to say “Justification“ , for the sanctions. I dont agree with you.

    • Ray Mbada

      You can’t educate the dead or else you end up fighting.