US won't lift Zimbabwe sanctions

2012-05-16 22:49

Johannesburg - The United States vowed on Thursday that it would not lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and dozens of top officials before there are signs of permanent political reforms.

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, told a telephone conference that Washington will maintain its targeted sanctions until it sees "sufficient progress in the area of democratisation".

"The US continues to maintain sanctions on Zimbabwe and will do so until we believe that substantial and irreversible progress has been made in the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement," Carson said.

The United States slapped sanctions against more than 50 government, military and ruling party officials in protest over controversial elections and alleged human rights abuses by Mugabe's government.

"We will continue to review our sanctions and we have taken a few people off the list, [but] not as many as the European Union," he added.

Zimbabwe's two main political parties announced this week that they have ironed out issues stalling the crafting of a new constitution that would pave the way for fresh polls.

The southern African country currently runs on a wobbly unity government between former arch-rivals President Robert Mugabe and now Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The government was formed three years ago to avoid an all-out conflict in the wake of a 2008 bloody presidential run-off election.

The EU has also kept a travel ban and asset freeze on Mugabe and his inner circle.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 23:13

    Good decision. Stand firm. Change or be changed.

  • Dave - 2012-05-16 23:18

    At least there is one country that is standing up and against the utter crap that man and his party have done in Zim. Well done US on this...

      Boer - 2012-05-17 01:19


      Koos - 2012-05-17 01:34

      Soemone with balls.

  • Madulla - 2012-05-17 00:12

    These aren't "sanctions'. They are "TARGETED Sanctions". 'Targeted Sanctions' will never be lifted in our lifetime. Not until Mugabe has totally disappeared............. And that is a promise!!!

  • Promise Dube - 2012-05-17 00:25

    Its a pity.

      Dave - 2012-05-17 01:26

      Why is it a pity? As Madulla says, it's targeted sanctions...which means it is targeted at the people that are destroying a once successful and operational country. That party and Mugabe have single handedly destroyed Zim with their ridicules policies. In the beginning of his rule it was great, with all the chosen ones benefiting from land grab and similar policies. They even disregarded their own laws and just did as they pleased. Know just look where it's got them....a dysfunctional country with poverty that SA's can't even begin to imagine and human right violation on a day to day basic. The poor and even the rich have never had it so bad. Yet he still has support...just shows you how blind and stupid his follows are. Rather cut their noise off to spite their face!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-17 06:09

      Promise, All these sanctions do, is to prevent this rich bitch Grace to go to London and spend 50 000 Pounds at Harrods, buying some hand bags and scarfs, with money STOLEN from the Zimbabwean people. But , like most of these corrupt people, there are always other ways to spent the loot; Go to Hong Kong, buy a house, costing millions of US, and than spend the rest in Malaysia !!!!

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-17 06:13

      so you want mugabe to starve the people, you sound like a bigger racist than he is

  • Juan - 2012-05-17 04:11

    Dear NATO, Zim needs a no-fly zone

      Warren - 2012-05-17 05:08

      Excellent idea

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 06:15

      Too many flies in Zim?

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-17 06:29

      not gonna happen until he changes his name to' Rashid al Mustafa' or something like that! THEN it will happen overnite! Lol! Come on with the thumbs down, he h e h e!

  • Aggrey - 2012-05-17 05:07

    We urge Mugabe to impose dangerous sanctions on Obama, all his inner cycle including Wife Michel, girlfriend Susan Rice and the Chairman of joint chiefs of Staff. Let the War Veterans loose in Washington. Its possible.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 06:09


      Felix - 2012-05-17 09:11

      Your jokes are bad and you should feel bad.

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 12:45

      Aggrey! Dangerous Sactions on USA? Los maar daai AAP TWAK uit, jy raak dom!!!

      Henry - 2012-05-17 17:01

      Forget to put on the "stupid repellent" today did we?

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-19 20:01

      Considering that Zimbabwe doesn't have an airline let alone an air-force, that's going to be a bit tricky. Obama's given up smoking so apart from tobacco sanctions, I'm not sure what other sanctions you envisage.

  • Jerzy - 2012-05-17 05:50

    Bad decision. The same rules don't apply to Bahrain, nor did it apply to Egypt and Yemen. As a matter of fact, the latter countries were supported by the US even though they were dictatorships. Can only be a good decision when an even handed approach to all dictatorships are used.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 06:12

      Too black and white. Too adolescent in your thinking. No offense to teenagers, just that absolutes like this are not adult thinking. There's more to international relations than you're currently. I also have little doubt that if the US didn't impose sanctions on Mugabe, you'd be bitching about that too.,

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 05:52

    So much for US imposed sanctions on Bob & Co...the bastard is firmly entrenched refuses to die to boot!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 06:14

      Ultimately it's up to the Zimbabwean people to remove him. The US has learnt this from past mistakes.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-17 06:12

    should hope not, nothing for you mugugly

  • travo.chiwang - 2012-05-17 06:13

    Stupid. Carson is talking about a comprehensive peace agreement. Who is at war here. Go to hell. What blasphemy, Bahrain, Yemen and Palestine is burn can't you see. We are enjoying the fruits of land reform. Who cares about America just shut up.

      Rob - 2012-05-17 08:30

      Presumably you are Zimbabwean, and one of the few benefitting from the current arrangements. You are entitled to your opininon and the freedome to express it. In the same way the US and any other country is entitled to disagree with you. As an alternative to tribal conflict or destruction the us chooses to take their business to countries that they favour. It is called freedom of choice. Try to understand the concept.

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 12:48

      Travo = Selfish to his own people!!

      Dave - 2012-05-20 23:12

      @ Travo...what fruits are you enjoying from land reform? If it was not for SA businessman and international aid you would be starving...obviously you are to stupit to see the reality of the situation.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-05-17 06:14

    Good news. Let the dictator die before he put his hands on his fortunes stored in the USA. Actually not his fortunes. It's money stolen from the Zim gov, and from the farmers when he robbed them of their farms.

  • Raymond - 2012-05-17 06:53

    Good,let this be a warning to all.What stubborn man

      nzonzotapiwa - 2012-05-17 07:34

      hwz starbon wu carez about america u shud mind yo on country

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 12:50

      Nzonzotapiwa - First learn to spell before you comment, is your name spelt right?

  • Frank - 2012-05-17 07:57

    Does that mean RSA must fall in line with the US on the sanctions or is it only on Irain pity there's no oil in Zim?

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 08:16

    The situation in SA seems to be following that in Zim, how will it play out here if (maybe when) the anc is no longer a clear majority. The politics and criminal corruption today are pointing towards a bleak future. What then? Sanctions?

  • Loo - 2012-05-17 08:52

    AND PLEASE TELL ME ... Why the hell should they ???!!!!!

  • lucas.chingonzo - 2012-05-17 09:02

    United states Go to hell,idiots

      Felix - 2012-05-17 09:15

      They would but Zim doesn't want visitors.

      Rob - 2012-05-17 09:33

      Intelligent contribution, just what we can expect from educated people I guess!

      lucas.chingonzo - 2012-05-17 10:20

      Urimbwa yemunhu

      Rob - 2012-05-17 10:37 you feel good? I don't feel a thing!

      dylanswanie - 2012-05-17 10:45

      @felix, hahaha excellent!

      Glenview - 2012-05-17 11:20

      who cares what america says anywhere , and if look at the European union they changing their stance on mugabe because they know that they are loosing , right Europe is F***d ,and like i said before most of the bloggers are ex Rhodies, i dont where they will go when land reform comes to south africa

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 12:55

      Lucas - you are the real idiot, USA try to help the people of Zimbabwe, not its government.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-17 09:31

    good, why not just redistribute their wealth to the needy, that will get their attention very quickly.

  • Gert - 2012-05-17 12:49

    Some or other mine gave the Zim people 51% or more of its shareholdings--I wonder what was the outcome in terms of where does that extra money ( or shares) actually go.? If any relaxation of sanctions are granted now we can guess where the profits will go. The elite in Zim is starting to complain, they have all the spare cash of Zim in their pockets, but they can't travel all over to go and enjoy it.... And still the Zim public is thinking Mugabe is great. Those that would have complained were chased out of the country and are sitting here in SA and they survive. As long as there is no real pressure for them to survive with no escape route, this masquerade will carry on for ever.

  • Vimbai - 2012-05-17 12:53

    only a white man and his friends ,are against Mugabe!all these posts dzekumama idzi dzi aganist bob, Bob for life...This is Africa not Europe, we dont mind their sanctions coz we ar not americans/europeans

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 13:04

      Vimbai - Clearly you are colourblind, the president of the USA is black. Do yourself a favour and go to an eye clinic! DUMB-@SS!!

      lucas.chingonzo - 2012-05-17 13:13

      Vimbai tel them Mugabe 4 life

      Steve - 2012-05-17 13:52

      Vimbai, you are such a troll and a racist. Mugabe is a thief and a criminal in any civilized country's books. Judging from your crass remark, you would like to join all the starving and bitterly poor people of Zimbabwe and vote for an idiot like Mugabe. Starve them and rule by fear is his style (as with many African leaders...leaders????) If this is your idea of a hero, go squat on Mad Bob's lawn and cheer him on.

      elias.kuyitanda - 2012-05-20 06:51

      U are one of zanu pf 's child .one day will came,

      Dave - 2012-05-20 23:15

      Aaag shame, you are so small minded there's nothing really more one can say.

  • Steve - 2012-05-17 13:39

    Mad Bob is a classic example of an African dictator. If the voters of SA don't wipe the crap from their eyes very soon, the cANCer government will lead SA down the same path.

      Vimbai - 2012-05-17 15:23

      Africa for Africans, why do yu always want black people to forgive white people for all the damage they caused during the colonial era whilst America and the whole of Europe can not let go their Orientalism discorse!Why is it America always aganist the islamic world, why?please one more thing, if yu keep saying crappy about the SA ruling part, am warning you very soon yu are moving to the derset of Botswana, Africa is not yours,you are foreigners here, so please play according to Black African rules...if you are aganist a revolutionary party then who are yu? yu are still showing us that yu dont belong here...mind yu land reform is coming down there to SA

      Kagiso - 2012-05-17 17:30

      ahhh....another day, another anti mugarbage article, and another deluded racist troll comment.....God help us, these kind of people are one of the main reasons why dictators thrive, as long as they have brainwashed minions with empty stomachs on their side, no wonder the country is so screwed. I weep for my continent :(

  • Kagiso - 2012-05-17 17:18

    the americans don't want to see Disgrace Mugarbage shopping in NY, while zimbos are suffering

  • mickie.burns.9 - 2012-05-17 19:04

    The US should support a armed rebellion against this government that commits hate crimes against white citizens and ethnicly cleans them from their country.This governments murders,steals an denys its people freedom of press,freedom of religion and freedom of association .This government is supplying Iran with uranium to build an atomic bomb,that it will use to commit another Holacaust against the Jews. The world sat ead silient while the white were driven out of Zimbabwe,instead of demanding Magube support human rights and racial diversity.

  • Wilbert - 2012-05-19 19:36

    Thank you! The sanctions should have been extended and fine tuned to make them bite years ago. Still maintaining the sanctions is the better than cancelling them altogather.

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