Govt summons US ambassador over sanctions

By Staff Reporter

THE Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministry yesterday summoned United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian Nichols, to express the Zanu PF government’s displeasure at the placing of Zimbabwe’s ambassador-designate to Tanzania, Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe, on the sanctions for his role in the August 1 post-election violence shootings.

Nichols met Foreign Affairs permanent secretary James Manzou a day after the former commander of the Presidential Guard and retired lieutenant was placed on the US sanctions list.

“The decision by Washington is regrettable, as it comes at a time government is intensifying the implementation of political and economic reforms including the
(Kgalema) Motlanthe commission recommendations. This runs counter to the spirit and substance of re-engagement. The sovereign process must be allowed to
continue,” the ministry spokesperson, Shepherd Gwenzi said in a statement.

“That notwithstanding, the government of Zimbabwe will continue with its reform agenda and its efforts on engagement and re-engagement in pursuit of the
national vision of making Zimbabwe and upper middle-class by 2030.”

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