The European Union has renewed sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady Grace Mugabe in what has been described by analysts as great contempt of the people of Zimbabwe and Africa.
The EU renewed for another year its sanctions against Zimbabwe, including a travel ban and asset freeze on President Mugabe and the First Lady, according to a notice on Friday in the EU’s official journal.
The notice also said the illegal sanctions will be renewed until February, 20, 2016.
Political analyst Alexander Rusero says the EU’s stance is unacceptable and is a deep contempt of the people of Zimbabwe, the Southern Africa Development Community and the African Union.
“This is contempt on Zimbabwean people who recently voted President Mugabe in 2013. It is contempt on SADC and the AU who have entrusted him with chairmanship,” said Rusero.
Another analyst Psychology Maziwisa says the EU is displaying arrogance and its actions are surprising as they appear to be eroding the spirit of re-engagement.
“This is a display of arrogance ad total disregard of the re-engagement efforts that have been witnessed,” Maziwisa said.
Only a few days ago, there were cheers when Europe unveiled development aid to the tune of US$270 million although government still held reservations on why the President remains under sanctions.