21 Zanu PF officials removed from sanctions list

THE European Union (EU) yesterday removed 21 Zanu PF officials and one company from the sanctions list while immediately suspending travel restrictions on six of President Robert Mugabe’s ministers.

Report by Everson Mushava

EU ambassador Aldo Dell Ariccia said the move was in recognition of the progress made in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement.

Among those benefiting from the decision are Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwawo.

Ministers Walter Mzembi (Tourism), Francis Nhema (Environnment), Herbert Murerwa (Lands), Sylvester Nguni (State Minister in the Vice-President’s Office), Sithembiso Nyoni (Small and Medium Scale Enterprises) and Information minister Webster Shamu had their travel bans suspended.

Ariccia said the six ministers were still on the sanctions list, but could now freely visit EU countries.

Addressing a Press conference in Harare, the EU envoy said the 27-member bloc met in Brussels, Belgium, and made the decision after appreciating the successful conclusion of the constitution-making process and the setting up of March 16 as the referendum date.

“The reasons for which they were listed were no longer there,” he said justifying the decision.

Officials delisted from the sanctions list include the late Higher Education minister Stan Mudenge, the late Vice-President John Nkomo and former ministers David Chapfika, Cephas Msipa, David Parirenyatwa and Shuvai Mahofa.

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11 Responses to 21 Zanu PF officials removed from sanctions list

  1. shame February 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Nthxse. What a shame. This EU business.

  2. Phunyukabemphethe February 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Gukurahundis crying tears everyday to be allowed to shop in Europe!!

    • MNGANE KA PHUNYUKABEMPHETHE February 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      NDODA INDLALA IBISABABULELE LABABANTU, ANGITHI KUQALA BABESITHI HEEEE, AM SANCTIONS ARE MAKING US STRONGER, GQI, HEEEE AMA SANCTIONS ARE HURTING THE ECONOMY, KHATHESI SEBEKHITSHIWE ABANIKE PHELA ESINYE ISISZATHO. KHONA VELE KWAQALA KUDALA, INTO YONKE ABAYIBULALAYO KUTHWE YO SHORTAGE YE FOREIGN CURRENCY, KHATHESI KUSEBENZA YONA I FORIENG CURRENCY SOKUTHIWA NGAMA SANCTIONS, NANKA ASEKHITSHIWE SOKUYINI MANJE ISISZATHO? THULA ULALALELE UZEZWA

      • Phunyukabemphethe February 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

        Abantu bamanga vele bayohlala benazo izizatho, nomakanjani!!

  3. Jore February 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    When the EU imposed sunctions, were they doing it for Zimbabweans or for themselves? Lets wake up guys. What has changed now? They must give a full account not brief statements.

    • Phunyukabemphethe February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      We don’t care what the EU does – as long as the Gukurahundis suffer. That is far more important to me than some explanations for their actions!!

  4. Nonnex February 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    The EU was not doing this for Zimbabweans. It was solely for them to make some kind of point. Justice to the people! But do they care? I’m guessing not.

  5. jonah February 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    The most person who needs the removal of sanctions is bob. Mark my words he will be last to be off the list and Grace. Only after passing the burton to some one will he be removed. that some one can be any one even in his own party.

  6. admuck February 20, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    zanu pf must also lift sancitions against us ordinary people. We hate to see our families struggling to survive munyika yedu nekuda kweudzvanyiriri wa BOB

  7. korekore February 20, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Which company was removed hope it was nrz tanzwa 8 months no pay

  8. Mahewu February 20, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    To hell with EU. Does the removing of sanctions on individuals benefit the general man in the street? If they have the heart for the masses why don’t they totally remove the sanctions? They pretend to be doing it for the people when they have their own hidden motives. Ho is fooling who when the ordinary people are suffering most from the sanctions? Vatadza kubatana nevanhu vavakavenga vakungorova tsuro negwenzi rayo.

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