BY SILAS NKALA
THE United Kingdom (UK) has placed four Zimbabwean security chiefs Zimbabwe under the UK’s new autonomous sanctions regime, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced.
Raab says the quartet are responsible for humana riths violations including the deaths of 23 Zimbabwean protestors.
Today we have issued new sanctions against four people responsible for the worst human rights violations in Zimbabwe in 2019, including the killing of 23 innocent people.
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) February 1, 2021
Minister for State Security Owen Ncube, Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Isaac Moyo, Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Godwin Matanga and the former Brigadier General, Commander of the Presidential Guard and Tactical Commander of the National Reaction Force Anselem Sanyatwe will face travel bans and asset freeze.
Today, the UK announces new sanctions against four individuals responsible for Zimbabwe’s worst human rights violations since President Mnangagwa came to power.
These restrictive measures are not targeted at, nor intended to impact, the wider economy and the people of Zimbabwe. https://t.co/m48Q5joSWU
— UKinZimbabwe (@UKinZimbabwe) February 1, 2021
“These sanctions send a clear message that we will hold to account those responsible for the most egregious human rights violations, including the deaths of innocent Zimbabweans.”
Today’s sanctions are targeted at four security sector individuals responsible for serious human rights violations against fellow Zimbabweans on the streets of Harare and other towns.
— Melanie Robinson (@HMAMelanieR) February 1, 2021
“These sanctions target senior individuals in the Government, and not ordinary Zimbabweans. We will continue to press for the necessary political and economic reforms that will benefit all Zimbabweans,” Raab said in a statement.
More details to follow…