Britain set to reimpose sanctions on Grace Mugabe after EU removed restrictions on her. This suggests that its approach to financially targeting foreign individuals will diverge from the EU bloc’s. The U.K suspended an order freezing the assets of Grace Mugabe after the EU’s decision last week because it’s currently bound to follow the bloc’s sanctions decisions until the Brexit transition period expires at year’s end.
There are reports that the British government plans to veto the European Union’s decision to lift sanctions on former first lady Grace Mugabe. According to the Telegraph, the British government reportedly did not individually agree with the decision and plans to reimpose sanctions on Grace Mugabe once the transition period is over.
The bloc renewed its arms sanctions against Zimbabwe and will maintain a targeted assets-freeze against the state-controlled armaments company, Zimbabwe Defence Industries. Restrictive measures were initially introduced in 2002 in response to serious human rights violations by the late former president Robert Mugabe’s government.
Said the spokesman for the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. “We did not agree with the EU’s decision to suspend these sanctions on Grace Mugabe. At the end of the transition period we will review it.”
The later former president Robert Mugabe was completely removed from the sanctions list now that he is deceased. The other high ranking officials on the suspended sanctions list are vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Valerio Phillip Sibanda and Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri.
The EU has said it would only fully support Zimbabwe if they enact reforms which include human rights and bringing political violence perpetrators to book.
Source – iHarare
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