Wharton quashes speculative media reports on US government

US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, yesterday quashed speculative media reports that his government had further tightened its screws against the Zanu PF government and planned to intercept funds and international humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.

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“To set the record straight, there has been no change in policy, nor reduction in assistance programmes,” Wharton said in a post on his Facebook page.

“The 106 Zimbabweans with whom Americans may not do business nor give donations are still on the US targeted sanctions list.
We still seek to support and do business with the other 12 999 894 Zimbabweans.”

His remarks were in a reaction to a State media report which claimed that the US had tightened sanctions on Zimbabwe after endorsing “final rule” stringent measures that would see the Office of Foreign Assets Control intercept funds and goods such as medicines destined for Harare.

“I’m afraid The Sunday Mail has misread or misunderstood the United States’ position on humanitarian food aid and health services offered to Zimbabwe,” Wharton said.

“On July 10 2014, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a final rule in the Federal Register adopting as final, with changes, the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations previously published in an interim final rule.

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“As in the past, the United States will continue to provide health services and food aid on a humanitarian basis in Zimbabwe.

“In 2013, the United States mission in Zimbabwe provided more than $28 million in food assistance and $26 million for essential drugs including ARVs, antibiotics, and anti-malarial medicines to the people of Zimbabwe.

“The prohibition on certain transactions with the 106 individuals and 69 entities who are Specially Designated Nationals
remains in effect.”

In 2012, several Zimbabwean political, business leaders and some business entities were placed on the US and European Union sanctions list over alleged human rights violations.

However, the EU has since delisted most of the leaders and retained President Robert Mugabe, his wife and the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

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4 Comments

  1. Surely,why should a sovereign state cry foul when other nations mind their own business?
    What sanctions really are we crying about when the EAST is there for us to look to??We know the US has for long been helping Zimbabwe on humanitarian issues but these are diverted for the big chefs. Self-serving leadership! Our hospitals are now death places!!What a shame!!!

  2. Wezhira Wezhara

    The sanctions that we cry about are when IDC/Olivine buys machinery from an Indian company but the payment funds are seized by the US because the supplier’s bank(Citi Bank) is an American Bank subject to effect the sanctions…They are when Zim Diamonds are sold in Belgium and $43million in proceeds is seized because the US Gvt directs the bank (HSBC) that these are funds to support a restricted regime…The sanctions are when Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe because it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanchart(Plc) directs IDC,ZESA,ZMDC,GMB amongst other government entities to close their accounts with them because they are on a restricted list…

    I am not sure how IDC,ZESA,GMB,etc are subject to sanctions but it is incredulous to think that when ZESA fails to generate electricity bcoz of faulty equipment which it cannot replace because of sanctions the subsequent blackouts only affect ZANU/Mugabe.

    1. ana sunday mail kusanzwisisa provisional vs final…what else is new? Why can’t we not change our behaviour toregedza kutukana nevanhu who clearly need to do business with and toregedzawo persecuting people because vanoda opp. party chete. Ndozvinongodiwa apa. Logic dicates we change existing stance/behaviour towards western countries because we all need each other!!

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