EU renews sanctions

Ambassador Bimha

Ambassador Bimha

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The European Union has once again renewed for another year its sanctions on President Mugabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, a move analysts said indicated that Zimbabwe and the bloc were going in circles on re-engagement.

A notice on the EU’s official journal yesterday showed that the illegal sanctions would be maintained until February 20, 2017 and the decision was arrived at after “taking into account political developments in Zimbabwe”.

The restrictive measures will continue to apply to President Mugabe and Amai Mugabe and one entity, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

Measures against five service chiefs remain suspended subject to review every three months.

The quintet includes Central Intelligence Organisation director general Happyton Bonyongwe, Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and Zimbabwe National Army Commander Philip Valerio Sibanda.

Reads part of the EU notice: “This decision shall apply until 20 February 2017. The suspension shall be reviewed every three months. This decision shall be kept under constant review and shall be renewed, or amended as appropriate, if the council deems that its objectives have not been met.”

Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha said Zimbabwe would maintain its stance that the illegal embargo should go in toto.

“We don’t think the sanctions are warranted, legal and justified,” he said.

“As such, we will not change our position and this is the stance we will continue to take — the sanctions should be removed in totality. You can remove all the people from the sanctions list but as long as they remain on the face of the country, President Mugabe, it does not make sense to us and that we don’t tolerate.”

The EU imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 at the behest of Britain after the country embarked on the land reform exercise.

Britain had reneged on its commitment to fund land redistribution from the white minority to the landless black majority.

Britain has lately come under pressure from other EU countries to end the diplomatic war with Zimbabwe because most of them want to normalise trade relations with the mineral-rich southern African country.

European countries such as France and Denmark have started warming up to Zimbabwe’s vast investment opportunities and have invested in a number of sectors.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo described the EU as “rogue elements” who continued to support illegality.

“These sanctions are illegal and never went through the United Nations Security Council so we cannot spend our time discussing illegality,” he said.

“We have told them our position that these sanctions should be removed in their entirety and unconditionally. They are not doing anyone any favours and we are a country that abides by laws and we do not entertain rogue elements who do not follow rules, including those of the UN.”

The illegal embargo is believed to have cost the country nearly $42 billion.

Pursued with a parallel programme of “regime change”, and supported by the United States of America, the sanctions have failed to dislodge President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

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  • sambiri

    Why the hype with sanctions ? Why worry sort your house in flames first. After all they are travel sanctions and Mr Mugabe holidays in Asia. Visit east policy nations!

    • Chief Economist

      Sanctions go beyond individual travel restrictions.

  • Zimba 1

    Which investment worth talking about are you refering to have happened in last few years. You are not saying the truth–most investors have signed MOUs and nothing has materialised since then.

    Lack of clarity on succession and policies has stymied any investment. In signing MOUs investors, like everyone else in Zim, have adopted a wait-and-see attitude.

  • haiwawo

    Why all the hue and cry? If you “don’t tolerate”, then impose counter-sanctions to fix them! Isn’t that what our leadership always says – that we don’t need them?

    It is sadly funny to hear people who have illusions about their power make these nonsensical statements. Crying for someone to go holidaying on the Riviera as was the usual practice when the country is in a state of ruin – unbelievable but then this is Zimbabwe.

  • Mangwende we Chinhoyi

    This is what everyone who thinks like me believed. The EU led by the British will NEVER remove these illegal sanctions as long as we have our LAND. On the other hand, we will never give back our land to betray our fallen heroes and national spirits. The EU should just know that Zimbabwe will NEVER be a colony again and we do not need any information to do with their review dates or periods.

    • Withorwithouteu

      Wataura iwe! Some of us have long known that and the President himself has said it in the past that, and i quote , “We know they will never forgive us” and that’s for taking our land back. So this issue of sanctions ,whether extended or not is not an issue anymore as long as we have our land – and let it be. To the EU countries that are mastered by the British stay with your master and we will keep our land.

    • Zvinhu

      KKKKK @ Mangwende we Chinhoyi why then is Mr Bimha begging them to remove the sanctions in totality if you have got nothing to do with them or their countries. kkkkkk

  • Cde Tambaoga

    i think Doctor Grace should just tell them to “STOP IT` kkkk kutoseka zvangu nhao serugare

  • ah shame !

    ah shame lovey! carry on with your garbage and enjoy!

  • loonex

    Sanctions are LEGAL. THis is just nonsense propaganda.
    Your readers are not as stupid as your editors.