Zim Attorney General Placed Under US Sanctions

The announcement was made on Tuesday by US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The US Treasury announced it had designated Tomana to Executive Order 13469, which targets, among others, senior officials of the Government of Zimbabwe and persons who have engaged in actions or policies to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions.

The US accused Tomana of selectively prosecuting political opponents and their perceived supporters in an effort to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.

“As a result of today’s designation, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with Tomana, and any assets he holds under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

“Johannes Tomana’s targeting of selected political opponents threatens the rule of law in Zimbabwe, harms the integrity of the Government of National Unity and counters the will of Zimbabwean people, who have expressed their desire to build a democratic political system,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin.

The US actions against Zimbabwe’s AG coincides with threats by President Mugabe that his country will retaliate by seizing companies owned by nationals from Western countries that have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Mugabe told his party supporters during the 11th conference held in Mutare that they have had enough and they will now retaliate.

Formerly Zimbabwe’s Deputy Attorney General, Tomana was appointed to the position of Attorney General by President Mugabe in December 2008.

His appointment followed the signing of the Global Political Agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and Movement Democratic Change (MDC) leaders in September 2008.

Occurring before the swearing in of the new Government of National Unity in February 2009, Tomana’s
appointment was made without consultation with MDC leaders and against the spirit of Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement signed on September 15, 2008.

Mugabe and his close followers have been placed under restrictive measures by the US and the European Union for their poor human rights record and roles in thwarting democracy in Zimbabwe.