EU Removes Some Zimbabweans On Sanctions List

Those removed included Willia Bonyongwe, wife of Intelligence chief, Happyton, Helen Gono, the wife of central bank chief Gideon as well as Isabel Chihuri, wife of police General, Augustine.

Agriculture minister, Joseph Made’s wife, Pat, the presidential spokesman George Charamba’s wife, Rudo, and David Parirenyatwa’s wife, Choice were also removed from the list.

Other top Zanu (PF) officials who were removed from the sanctions list include Victoria Chitepo, Dokora Lazarus, Ray Kaukonde, Kumbirai Kangai, Christopher Kuruneri, Samuel Undenge, Aguy Georgias, Edwin Muguti, Ndlovu Naison, Mutinhiri Tracey, Timothy Stamps, Obert Matshalaga, Joshua Malinga and Chief Fortune Charumbira.

Former Attorney General, Sobuza Gula Ndebele and cricket administrator Peter Chingoka were also removed from the EU sanctions list.

The EU removed deceased people who were on their sanctions list. These are Thenjiwe Lesabe who died last week, Sabina Mugabe, Ephraim Masawi and the late police superintendent Jangara Thomsen.

Some state media journalists were kept on the sanctions list and travel ban for serious violations of freedom of speech and orchestrating terror campaigns in the country. The journalists are Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief correspondent, Reuben Barwe, diplomatic correspondent Judith Makwanya, reporter, Musoro Wegomo Mukosi and their Chief Executive Officer, Happison Muchechetere. Herald deputy editor, Ceasar Zvayi remained on the sanctions list.

The EU kept for another year sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and 162 of his close associates and 35 companies on the travel ban and the sanctions.

Other state media personnel who remained on the sanctions list include Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) chief executive officer, Tafataona Mahoso, Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (Ziana) chief executive officer, Matanyaire Munyaradzi, Zimpapers chairperson, Justin Mutasa, permanent secretary in the Information ministry, George Charamba, and former Information minister, Jonathan Moyo.

The EU in their grounds for slapping the media personnel on the sanctions list “whipped up government orchestrated terror campaign before and during the 2008 elections.”

Others on the list were accused of “having ties with the government and bearing the responsibility for serious violations of freedom of expression and the media.”

Zvayi was deported from Botswana in 2008 after he had landed a lecturing post in that country. He was deported after the Zimbabwe civil society and human rights groups complained Zvayi’s stay in Botswana after the scribe had fled the economic crisis in the country in 2008 for greener pastures.

In a related incident, Barwe who is on the United States sanctions list was denied a visa to attend the United Nations general assembly last year but was later awarded the visa permit.

Several top officials of Zanu (PF), security chiefs and Zanu (PF) companies and entities owned by John Bredenkamp, Mugabe’s business ally were kept on the sanctions list.