EU lifts sanctions on VP Chiwenga, Grace Mugabe, Perrance Shiri but skips President ED Mnangagwa. The EU bloc extended sanctions on the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) and suspended restrictions on former first Lady Grace Mugabe among others. The European Union has blamed Zimbabwe’s failure to bring substantial reforms as the reason for the country’s economic woes.
The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe after the late president Robert Mugabe deported its chief election observer in 2002. It has eased some of its measures to leave only sanctions on the ZDI and a travel ban and asset freeze on the late former president Mugabe and his wife, Grace.
In a statement on Monday, the EU said corruption and lack of substantial reforms had plunged the country into an economic crisis.
“The lack of substantial reforms, the further shrinking of democratic space and corruption, have however contributed to the current deteriorating humanitarian crisis and to the economic and social situation,” said the EU.
Zimbabwe formally engaged in talks with the EU in 2019 for the first time since the EU imposed sanctions and withdrew their support. There seemed to be some promise in the talks but the EU said it would only fully support Zimbabwe if they enact reforms which includes human rights and bringing political violence perpetrators to book.
“The EU calls on the government to accelerate the political and economic reform process as a matter of urgency, for the benefit of its population.
Perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses should swiftly be brought to justice and the recommendations of the Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry should be implemented without further delay,” the EU said.
The EU said it would retain sanctions against ZDI for a further year pending an investigation into the alleged role of the armed and security forces in human rights abuses.
The restrictive measures against four individuals are suspended.” The four are former First Lady Grace Mugabe, VP Constantino Chiwenga, Agriculture Minister and former Air force boss Perrance Shiri and ZDF commander Philip Valerio Sibanda.
The latter three already had restrictions on them suspended, although they remain listed. This now also applies to Grace.’
Source – iHarare
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