EU renews sanctions on Mugabe birthday!

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday yesterday, and the European Union knew just the gift for the occasion: a renewal of sanctions on the strongman leader.

Source: EU renews sanctions on Mugabe birthday! – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 22, 2017


The Council of the European Union voted on Friday to continue economic and travel restrictions on Mugabe, his wife Grace Mugabe, and the country’s defence industry.

The sanctions have been in place since 2002 and restrict the President’s travel, freeze some of his assets and ban EU member States from trading arms with Zimbabwe. But the EU Council did vote on Monday to partially lift an arms embargo to allow for trade in explosives used in mining and infrastructure.

Mugabe, the world’s oldest non-royal serving head of State, has slammed the EU and the United States for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe’s faltering economy.

The country has high levels of unemployment and Zimbabwe’s central bank introduced a pseudo-currency, known as bond notes, in late 2016 to deal with a foreign exchange shortage. Zimbabwe does not have its own currency after the Zimbabwean dollar became worthless following massive hyperinflation, and was abandoned in 2009.

The EU sanctions were first imposed following a programme of land grabs enforced by Mugabe, where farms owned by white Zimbabweans were forcibly seized. Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has also been accused of rigging elections and cracking down on political opposition.

In a television interview with State broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Mugabe said he was worried that, 37 years after the country’s independence in 1980, some black Zimbabweans were still content to work for white people.

Mugabe said in an excerpt carried by a State-run daily: “We would want to see our people turned into entrepreneurs.
“Have we really become producers of our own goods? Have we become the masters of our own economy, or are we still thinking of whites as the best entrepreneurs and Africans as labourers for these entrepreneurs?”

Mugabe saw a wave of unprecedented political protests in 2016, with opposition parties and civil society groups — including the #ThisFlag movement, started by Harare-based pastor, Evan Mawarire — demanding economic reform and political change.


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    Chatham House 5 years ago

    Peter Drucker has explained to us that in the modern world we only have two options – due to the high populations:
    1.Build a functioning industrial society
    2. Allow freedom to disappear into anarchy and tyranny
    We can all see what Mugabe and Zanu have elected to do with the two options.
    It is very interesting to comprehend that the likes of Professor Scoones, and members of the CFU are quite happy to go along with Zanu to gain status when the country’s Industrial Society has been systematically destroyed over the last 17 years in particular.
    Within the CFU there were allegedly thinking and educated people (of integrity?) and Scoones is actually a Professor of a University in one of the oldest democracy’s in the world. So old Scoonsie decides to take a Safari on the Wild Side and pretend that Peter Drucker is wrong and is a fool? Scoonsie and Bobsie then set about de-industrialising the Industrial Society of Zimbabwe that had been built up over the previous 110 years! – to hold their power and status from their privileged and protected positions. Hm! Interesting.

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    zambuko 5 years ago



    Some blacks still prefer to work for whites.

    I think, given our socio-economic climate, any job will do. I am sure the race of the employer, in that case, is probably irrelevant. You really need to move beyond the mental models of the sixties in your thinking dear.

    So presidential, my dear.

    I try. By the way ” Happy, happy!”

    Older my dear.

    Yes. Wiser?

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    ha ha ha good !!!! let them suffer

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    What a racist our President is. What is wrong with a black working for a white or a white working for a black as long as the people create honest wealth in whatever line of work they have been called into.

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    Please colour is just that we are all Zimbabweans, let us love each other. This is the mugabe way to put people up against one another.