Mnangagwa placed under US sanctions

THE United States has slapped fresh targeted sanctions on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration and maintained a leash on former Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, NewsDay can exclusively reveal.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Highly-placed government sources told NewsDay yesterday that two weeks ago, Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister Sibusiso Moyo received a diplomatic note to the effect that the US, while recognising the authorities in Harare, would extend sanctions with the possibility of a review after the general elections expected in July.

“The minister was told through a diplomatic note that the US will be renewing sanctions against the new government. There are additions to include those (ministers and other top government officials) that came into the Executive through the November 15 operation,” a source said.

NewsDay heard that in its diplomatic note to Moyo, the US government clearly indicated that Mnangagwa’s administration was a “product of a military coup”.

“The US is very clear that Mnangagwa came to power through a coup although the authorities in Harare have done everything in their power to avoid this word (coup). It was also indicated that the general elections expected in July will be the benchmark on which the sanctions will be reviewed,” another source said. “A public announcement on the issue is due any time from now, likely before the end of the month.”

Contacted for comment, Moyo said: “Well, I have had communication with the US administration and actually we are expecting a delegation next week. We are cognisant of the fact that it is not easy to change sanctions laws because there is need for consultations and the US Congress has to repeal such statutes.

“We also did not expect this [shift in US policy on Zimbabwe after Mugabe’s fall] to be an event, but we will continue working with them.”

The US embassy in Harare would neither deny nor confirm extension of the sanctions regime.

“The President (Donald Trump) may sign a notice of continuation of the national emergency with respect to Zimbabwe. The continuation of this national emergency had been done yearly since 2003 and maintains sanctions implemented under Executive Orders 13288, 13391 and 13469 pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act,” the embassy said in response.

The embassy insisted that these were not full-blown economic sanctions, but targeted sanctions under Executive Order 13288 “against individuals and entities undermining the democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe or who participated in human rights abuses as well as facilitation of corruption”.


“The sanctions do not prohibit trade with non-sanctioned individuals or entities. Unless a transaction involves a blocked individual or entity, US persons may conduct business in and trade with businesses in Zimbabwe and its people,” the embassy said.

The US added that Mnangagwa’s rise to power offered the country “an extraordinary opportunity for Zimbabwe to set itself on a new path to implement reforms that could allow the United States to re-engage in ways not previously possible”.

Mnangagwa came to power on the back of a military intervention in November that forced Mugabe to resign. Before he stepped down on November 21, Mugabe had spent a week under house arrest at a time Parliament was also in the process of moving for his impeachment.

The President, who had been fired by Mugabe on November 6 and forced into exile in South Africa for just over two weeks, returned to take power three days after the former Zanu PF strongman resigned.

Most Western countries including the European Union (EU) and Britain seem to have accepted Mnangagwa’s administration. EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Phillipe Van Damme last month was non-committal arguing the European bloc’s council would make its policy position on Zimbabwe soon with indications it was ready to engage Mnangagwa’s regime. Only Mugabe and Grace remain on the EU sanctions list.

British Foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in December seemed to give Mnangagwa his seal of approval.

“I am encouraged by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s words so far,” Johnson said.

The US Congress passed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act in 2003 after Mugabe’s government sponsored an orgy of violence against opposition supporters as well as the seizure of white-owned farms across the country fronted by veterans of the liberation struggle.

31 Comments

  1. America has nothing to do with Zanu pf,,that’s the truth,because zanu pf when people demanded bread,or raise grievances ,they are enemies “western sponsored rogue elements” they a labeled..they are beaten,maimed and tortured.

  2. The only people to deal with America is North Korea.They ( Americans ) are to bully yo everyone.

  3. who needs AMERICA ANYWAY.WEHAVE LONG OUTLIVED THEIR STUPID SANCTIONS

    1. long outlived what? the whole nation is in abject poverty. looks like its you who is stupid you are a pretender.

    2. Spiral Zone Overlord

      KK, you are an incredibly thick person aren’t you? Zimbabwe is incredibly impoverished and we need investment from western countries whether your small mind likes or not. Their conditions for the removal of sanctions are fair and straight forward and those conditions will force reforms so that the whole of Zimbabweans votes would count during elections.

    3. Stop using whatsapp , facebook and google and internet that they invented ?

  4. Kana munhu usina comment kunyarara hakuna zvakwo kuipa pane kungowukura uchiratidza kushaya ruzivo seuyo ati Zanu PF Minority. I think SB Moyo nailed it at the head. He explained it clearly and this is work in progress.

  5. The USA government has a consistent foreign policy an attribute which is not found in the African continent. The ball is in His Excellency ED to impliment reforms conduct a free and fair elections so that this country moves forward for the good of every Zimbabwean irregardless of his colour and creed. The mantra that only the people who fought for the struggle for independence of this country has the absolute right to rule is and has been misplaced. What about those who didnt partake in this struggle for various reasons beyond their control are they not citizens. For instance maybe l was young during the time but does that take away my citizenship. If ED is for the progress then there is the yardstick to proof himself that he is for development and progress of this great nation.

    1. You are spot on

    2. What we need is a credible election so that we legitimise the incumbent gvt or anyone who come into office. We are supposed to erase the word coup in our vocublary in describing the transition of power from the autocratic Mugabe regime and this can only be done Through conducting free and fair elections. thriugh

    3. You nailed it. It is this very mentality that has drawn us back, the war was fought so that any one capable can lead this nation regardless of who their are, when they where born, which province they are from? Thumbs up @gradetwo

  6. as long as there is a review in july 2018 that is good but there is no stopping the mood which has been created by the new administration the train has already left and those who want to catch it midway no problem

    1. thank you guys,please remember the bible clearly say kana jesu oda kuuya nyika haichazove nerugare don;t rule that out.vanorava ngavacherechedze

  7. Gukurume ReMasvingo

    Who says July elections will be our yardstick. Comrades USA right now is boggled in who won the elections in a free and fair court. Trump himself is appearing in several Parliamentary Committees. Some of his own are not recognizing him as the legitimate President of United States
    Our own opposition I can bet my last cent will not accept results if ED wins. They will come up with Trump(ed) charges to discredit the elections. Yes we will engage USA but they must not throttle us ,,,,,

  8. Biti naMavhinga its time to ululate you have scored big (BITI,MAVHINGA) 4-0 ED How can the americans fool us when they say targeted sanctions when infact a lot Zim bound money was intercepted in America because the did not want us to have foreign currency,vasatiudza nhema,If it was not for Britain and the Standard Chartered tingadai tiri pama1.
    #EDHASMYVOTE

  9. The response by SB is measured and diplomatic and should be applauded. SK could learn a thing or two about international engagements and diplomatic speak.

  10. America yacho ndimwari here hatineii ne america isu. Newsday mashaya zvekunyora apa

    1. Saka wafanana nezose vakatisiya

  11. Comment the main agenda of these sanctions is the land issue
    .even if the MDC rules but if it fails to return the land to whites they still maintain the sanctions. if whites are given back farms these sanctions will vanish into thin air.look in Israeli these whites are dectacting pace _Jerusalem is the capital city of isareal
    so who are they to dictact pace on foreign land.
    ED is inviting them with both hands for business adventure in Zimbabwe. so do they need industries or farms.
    in Zimbabwe they need farms

  12. Knowing Newsday, we hope this is a true story. If indeed it is true, there is nothing wrong here as far as the Americans place it, reforms and legalising of a government through a free and fair election is a pre-requirement in this modern world. Only fair. Lets just be civilised and put democracy and rule of law ahead of all chete. Chii nhai

  13. Comment…we don’t need a coup government.. go to h..l ZANU pf

  14. OF ALL THE COUP JUNTA IN THIS ROBBERY GAVHUMENDE OF THE DAY,THAT SB CREATURE IS THE MOST HAPPY ONE FOR THE REASON OF SUCH REWARD HE OBTAINED AFTER THEY ROBBED POWER.HE IS PAID TO DEFEND AND ENTICE ANYBODY TO BELIEVE AS IF THEY ARE LEGITIMATE WHEN IN ACTUAL REALITY THEY ARE JUST LIKE THE USA WHO ARE DISLIKING THEM FOR DOING THINGS THEIR WAY…..ROBBING TO FATTEN THEMSELVES ON DISGUISE OF WANTING TO HELP THE MAJORITY……YOU WILL HAVE A FEELING AND APPRECIATION OF WHAT IS MEANT WHEN ONE IS PLACED UNDER THOSE RESTRICTIVE MEUSURES.

  15. Why cry babies on sanctions lets work with our president ED,for zim..pasi nemhanduuu!!

  16. Comment…let’s go sons of Zimbabwe ..we love our country wat z America to us we hungry Lyons we stand

    1. Yes Phillipo!

      This revolution is for the brave. Down with agents of propaganda

  17. Newsday, who are “Sources”, at times you need to report facts. I did not see any confirmations here but you went ahead and publish in bold headlines. The issue though is a process issue which will be reviewed after elections, which makes a lot of sense

  18. Zims should trust no one but themselves. Remember the true freedom of any people must every now and then be washed in its blood. Unless you are ready to pickup where the fighter generation left off, then get ready to be someone else’s b_ch.
    “Free” elections and “Development” are code words for intervention.After enslaving Africans to apartheid, these colonialists should be shunned. From the CIA covert operations to Libya chaos in African nations’ history one should remember not to blindly follow the shine. All that glitters is not gold.

  19. spot on my brother let nt bow down to this Zionists….. hw cn we move forwrd ana chamisa vachinokumbira masanctions

  20. Professor Kumaterrace

    Come on guys, m missing something here. If America says ED is a product of a military Coup, how then do they expect him to participate in the July elections?

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