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Zim sanctions not working - Sata

2012-10-01 14:08
Zambian President Michael Sata. (File, AFP)

Zambian President Michael Sata. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe's population is suffering due to sanctions imposed by the West while President Robert Mugabe remains over-nourished, Zambian President Michael Sata told American investors in New York last week.

NewsDay reported on Monday that Sata, who has always come to Mugabe's defence in a region increasingly growing impatient with the long-time ruler's reluctance to reform, said the sanctions were not working.

He said Mugabe and his inner circle remained insulated from the measures imposed a decade ago to punish Zanu-PF leaders for alleged human rights violations.

"Today, you have sanctions against Mugabe, but the sanctions are not affecting Mugabe," Sata said at the United Nations.

"You saw him at the United Nations [last Wednesday], he is over-nourished and Mugabe, whom you are trying to target, is here, but his people cannot afford a meal a day."

Mugabe and other senior Zanu-PF officials are banned from travelling to the United States and Europe, but cities that host UN events are obliged by international law to welcome them.

He usually travels with a bloated delegation whenever he gets the chance to travel to the US or Europe for UN conferences.

- News24

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