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US imposes sanctions on Tomana

2010-12-22 07:48

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe's attorney general, Johannes Tomana, for his alleged role in undermining the African nation's democracy.

Amid heightened political tensions in Zimbabwe, the US Treasury Department alleged Tomana's "targeting of selected political opponents threatens the rule of law".

A senior Treasury official said Tomana's actions also threatened Zimbabwe's fragile coalition government, which sees power delicately balanced between long-time president Robert Mugabe and his political foes, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Tomana has been in the post since December 2008, shortly after the power-sharing deal was reached.

"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," the Treasury Department said.

Tensions in Zimbabwe have spiked in recent days as Mugabe was again selected by his party to contest elections expected next year, setting up a battle against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his long-time opponent.

Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, was officially endorsed by his Zanu-PF followers as its presidential candidate at the party's annual conference.

Mugabe, 86, could stay in office until well into his nineties if he wins a new ballot that for months he has insisted must take place next year because the deal with Tsvangirai, the current prime minister, is not working.

Comments
  • Nice Guy - 2010-12-22 08:32

    Johannes Tomana is corrupt little faggot

      GTFO - 2010-12-22 09:22

      So are you nice guy

  • GTFO - 2010-12-22 09:24

    We need more war in Africa.

  • Tswalela - 2010-12-22 22:13

    The US foreign policies are grossly unfair, unjust and evil. China and Russia do not practice democracy. How come they do not challenge the illegitimacy of these countries' political systems. Is it because the two countries,i.e. China and Russia can pose a serious millitary challenge against them and Zim cannot?

      Alfred - 2010-12-23 11:33

      The US and British sanctions are not against Zim as a nation, they are against individuals. The US still gives Zim hundreds of millions of dollars in aid each year. As usual. And as usual the brainwashed ZanuPF thugs still bitch about "the evil west". China is a communist state and Russia is a new democracy, neither are really comparable to Zim which has been a failed democracy for decades.

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