Mugabe slams EU's partial sanctions lift

2012-02-17 16:02

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party on Friday said the partial lifting of sanctions on members of the veteran ruler's inner circle was "a non-event".

"Our position is very clear. We want the unconditional lifting of all sanctions," said Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for the Zanu-PF party.

"This idea of lifting the sanctions piecemeal is all nonsensical. It's a non-event. The sanctions are illegal. They were not approved by the UN but by a group of European countries who came together and were influenced by the British to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe."

The European Union's measures include a travel embargo and asset freeze on Mugabe, his close allies and companies associated with him over rights abuses.

Mugabe insists the sanctions are illegal and blames the country's economic collapse on the restrictions.

He accuses Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party of supporting the sanctions and has demanded that Tsvangirai ask the EU to scrap them.

Gumbo's comments followed the EU's announcement of a lifting of sanctions on 51 people and 20 entities in Zimbabwe, including the justice and foreign ministers.

An EU diplomat told AFP Mugabe was still on the blacklist, while Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi were de-listed so they can travel to Brussels as part of "re-engagement efforts".

  • the_gob - 2012-02-17 16:11

    "This idea of lifting the sanctions piecemeal is all nonsensical. It's a non-event" - yeah, well your idea of piecemeal reforms are also nonsensical.

  • Francois - 2012-02-17 16:30

    Bob, why do you criticise the west on the one hand and on the other want to trade with them and visit them? Make up your mind. If the west is to bad that they can be influenced by GB, why do you want to trade with them and why is trade with them so good?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 16:35

    aaah Bob can't take it anymore going shopping in the east for fake goods...he now misses the the milan and le french goodies...i thought you told them to keep their island (europe), now he regrets it.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-17 16:36

    who cares what you want you senile idiot, die already!!!!!

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-12 12:21

      I see you another pig skin face thats why Mandela refered you whites in court during his trial as pig skins.

  • Whitty - 2012-02-17 16:46

    se vir hulle my lieflike bob

  • Whitty - 2012-02-17 16:48

    Ek like die likke ouman

  • George - 2012-02-17 17:45

    Bob the Nob............go away and become dust....please........

  • Peter Merckx - 2012-02-17 20:29

    Grandfather Mugabe and his brother grandfathers Ministers should be publically punished for the killing of Zimbabwean mothers ,children and fathers. Mister Mugabe is a criminal, a thief and a shame for Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa.

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  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-12 12:19

    Long Live Mugabe show these vampires you have iton balls not pigskin balls.Africa belongs to africans and not colonial europeans to hell with them they are coming with chicken phsycology.Morgan is an idiot puppet liaising with colonialsiam vampires

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