ZANU PF seeking legitimacy

via ZANU PF ‘seeking legitimacy’ through sanctions case | SW Radio Africa. 17 June 2014 by Alex Bell

 

ZANU PF has stepped up its efforts in seeking international legitimacy, by trying to secure a court ruling that declares the European Union (EU) targeted restrictive measures as ‘illegal’.

The party’s case against the EU, which it filed in 2012, is finally underway despite the Brussels based leadership bloc already removing the majority of its restrictions against the ZANU PF regime.

Robert Mugabe and his wife are the only two members of the regime who remain targeted with travel and financial restrictions, after the EU removed the bulk of the measures earlier this year. This is in spite of the flawed elections in Zimbabwe last July, as well as a lack of reforms that the EU had previously stipulated were needed before its ‘sanctions’ policy would be reviewed.

ZANU PF’s court case, which got underway at the General Court of the European Union last Tuesday in Luxembourg, now seeks to have the measures declared illegal, with the party arguing that the ‘sanctions’ were imposed without any legal basis. The party’s lawyers are arguing that it was only the UN Security Council that had the power to impose ‘sanctions’ on a member country.

Oral hearing of the case is set to continue for the next two weeks before a decision is handed down later in the year.

Observers say ZANU PF is trying to absolve itself of the financial ruin Zimbabwe is facing, with the party maintaining that international ‘sanctions’ are to blame for the dire state of the economy.

The measures, and those which still remain imposed by Australia and the US, have been repeatedly blamed for Zimbabwe’s current economic crisis despite the fact that it was only individuals and individual entities that were specifically targeted.

Wilbert Mukori, the spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Social Democrats group, said the court case has “no merit.” But he told SW Radio Africa that the EU itself has helped ZANU PF in this legitimacy drive, by actively seeking re-engagement.

“This re-engagement undermines the position of other countries who say that since the rigged elections last year, sanctions should remain,” Mukori said.

He also expressed concern that there is no attempt to hold the ZANU PF regime to account for past atrocities that led to the targeted sanctions being imposed. He said that the selfish interests of some EU member states meant that Mugabe and his “dictatorship” were being allowed to “carry on as normal.”

“The EU is giving the Mugabe regime the encouragement on carry on with human rights abuses and corruption. We have reached a point where corruption is rampant and looting has reached shocking levels. And that is the root cause of the economic collapse,” Mukori said.

Meanwhile, civil society members debated the ‘sanctions’ issue during a think tank discussion on the state of the Zimbabwe’s economy on Tuesday, with some civil leaders saying the targeted measures were “counter productive.”

James Muzondidya from the Zimbabwe Institute argued that the economy cannot be revived if targeted sanctions remain, saying the presence of the measures maintains a view of “instability.” He argued that because the sanctions have been “ineffective in effecting change,” they are “pointless in maintaining.”

The EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell’Arricia also gave his opinion on the matter, insisting it was the country’s massive international debt, not ‘sanctions’, that was stopping the government from receiving new loans. He also insisted that the targeted measures imposed by the EU were legal.

 

COMMENTS

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    Ruramai 6 years ago

    Shameless morons. Wasting millions on a case they are going to lose when people continue to die from medieval diseases.

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    Mscynic 6 years ago

    Not “Sanctions”, not even “debt”. But lies, deceit, dishonesty, indolence, unremitting pursuit of self-indulgence, complete and cynical disregard for the rule of law and no respect for fellow men. Out of this the present in born.

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    zanupf fear me 6 years ago

    They never were any legitimacy. The gullible Brits yanks rigged 1980 for zanupf. Its all coming out now but it Was ‘ old news ” even back then !!!!!?!!!

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    you cannot legitimise criminals

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    John Thomas 6 years ago

    The ZANU Mugabe regime is as legitimate as a Zimdollar bearer cheque.

    Nothing can make these sleazy, murdering, thieving slugs legitimate unless you change the word legitimate to be its opposite.

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    Alan Paton 6 years ago

    God’s sanctions are firmly in place now. Seeing that the recall dates for Matibili & Mugumba are nearing, this is a waste of our scarce resources. They should keep their “Zimbabwe”. They had hoped for another Harrods shopping binge – this will not be.

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    Dear ZPF, are you legitimate before a holy and just God? That is the question that should concern you. have these last four or so elections been above board in His eyes. He has watched and seen everything!!!!!! I would say that you have a problem that you will have to answer judgment day!

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      Wilbert Mukori 6 years ago

      @ NBS

      Yes Mugabe and his cronies will have a lot to answer for before GOD. Still before they meet Him we must make sure they stand before a Court of Law here on earth; there are so many questions the nation would like answered. Beside the earthy Court’s judgement may hasten the day of their meeting with God and the start of their eternal life sentence in hell!

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    woundedbaffalo 6 years ago

    Legitimacy for what ,nikuv?

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      Wilbert Mukori 6 years ago

      Nikuv and the Israeli government – they were warned about Nikuv’s obnoxious treasonous activities but ignored the warning – will answer for helping Mugabe rig the elections!

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    munzwa 6 years ago

    just ask the thousands of political violence victims, has zanu no shame in trying to legitimizing themselves while disregarding the hurt and suffering they have caused??

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    Gomogranny 6 years ago

    Good ZANU well done – you have taken yourselves into the wrong arena and are now playing on a cricket pitch…. with civilized rules and you will be clean bowled.
    This is not your shambolic, ZANOID rules games field anymore….your pandoras box will now be opened to the world! You fell for it…..arrogant fools. We look forward to seeing you humiliated in front of EVERYBODY.

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    Bloody agent 6 years ago

    Its about time all of the relatives of the victims of the matabele massacre took the mugabe regime to the hague.

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    It is not about legitimacy but to expose the cruelty of the EU in its illegal economic war on Zimbabwe. Now that the case is under roll, the truth is going to come up.

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      Gomogranny 6 years ago

      Maipisi you are hilarious! Joke of the day well done!! AND YES THE TRUTH WILL MOST CERTAINLY COME UP and you are going to hate it and we are going to watch you squirm, worm. Lovely stuff.

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    There s no way to hide from the truth for ZPF s sake, they fail. Lol

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    Just pathetic

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    It would be better if Zanu PF would make a serious attempt to seek legitimacy inside Zimbabwe.

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      Gomogranny 6 years ago

      It would never enter their heads to seek legitimacy from the people. That is why they hired NIKUV to fix their election – it is why they shamelessly sit in Parliament today…..legitimacy is of no consequence to them inside Zimbabwe for we have nothing left that they need nor want….they have stripped us naked.