Top cop off the hook

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Police Assistant Commissioner Tomsen Todd Jangara has been removed from the European Union sanctions list on the mistaken belief that he was dead.

In fact, Jangara, whose possible promotion has been put on hold because of allegations that he beat his pregnant girlfriend Zvikomborero Paunganwa, is now based in Bulawayo.

Until recently the couple lived in Chitungwiza, where Jangara has a pending court case relating to alleged violent behaviour towards his partner.

EU leaders this week extended targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year citing lack of progress in implementing the year-old power-sharing agreement.

However, the EU removed six individuals and nine companies from the sanctions list.

Most of the individuals removed from the list were people who have passed on.

The other individuals who were removed from the sanctions list include the late Vice President Joseph Msika, late cabinet minister Richard Hove, late army commander Vitalis Zvinavashe, Oman businessman Thamer Bin Al Shanfari and former Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa.

Dabengwa has left Mugabe’s Zanu PF party to revive Zapu.

NewsDay has established that the EU mistook Jangara for President Robert Mugabe’s body-guard Winston Changara who died two years ago. To add to the confusion, the Financial Gazette last month mistakenly referred to Jangara as “the late Thomsen Jangara”.

The EU list refers to Jangara as “Thomsen Jangara aka Changara”.

Asked to comment on the new development Jangara said: “No, they (EU) didn’t remove me from the sanctions list. It’s all because they think that I am dead. If they now know that I am alive they will simply reverse it.”

Jangara was the officer commanding Harare South District based at the Southerton Police Station and was notorious for banning Movement for democratic Change (MDC) rallies in the run up to the 2008 harmonised elections.

He has also been implicated in the police violence against MDC leaders and activists.

A year ago Mugabe and his erstwhile rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai formed the unity government, but lately the coalition has been in trouble with differences emerging at every turn.

Zanu PF has been calling for the removal of the sanctions as one of the conditions for the full implementation of outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement.

The EU sanctions, which also include an arms ban, will run until February 20, 2011.

Relations between Zimbabwe and the EU were strained nearly 10 years ago over rights abuses, electoral fraud and unsustainable economic policies.