Zanu-PF reject terms for sanctions lift

2012-07-23 14:36

Harare - President Robert Mugabe's party dismissed as "nonsense" the EU decision on Monday to link the lifting of most sanctions against Zimbabwe firms and individuals to a peaceful vote on a new constitution.

"It's all nonsense," Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for the Zanu-PF party said.

"Why are they talking about a lifting of sanctions dependent on the holding and outcome of a referendum? We don't think that's the way to do it. We are saying all sanctions must go."

Mugabe and other top party officials routinely blame EU and US sanctions for undermining Zimbabwe's economy, but Gumbo insisted on Monday that the measures have had little impact on the country.

"We really have never depended on the EU," he said. "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference."
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday agreed to lift most sanctions against Zimbabwe firms and individuals once the country has held "a peaceful and credible" vote on a new constitution.

Welcoming "constructive dialogue" and political "progress", they also agreed to resume direct aid to Zimbabwe's government after a 10-year suspension.

The sanctions would be lifted against most of the 112 Zimbabweans still under an EU asset freeze and travel ban decided in 2002, once a referendum on a new constitution has been organised, probably at the end of the year.

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-07-23 15:09

    "Mugabe and other top party officials routinely blame EU and US sanctions for undermining Zimbabwe's economy, .... "We really have never depended on the EU," he said. "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference." Which one is it now? So what they're saying (publicly) is that they alone ruined the economy to what it is now (i.e. non existent)? Figures...

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:13

      Any lie anytime, after all he is a corrupt politician.

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-23 15:18

    Wow, the EU basically asked Zimbabwe for two things that almost every country in the world would and could supply if it found itself facing the kind of situation that Zimbabwe is facing now. Still, Bob gives them the middle finger. He must be deaf and blind as well as dumb.

      Cedric - 2012-07-23 15:26

      He's not deaf, blind, or dumb, just well satisfied that his plate is full. Despot he will always be!!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:14

      Also a corrupt murdering sob.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-23 15:19

    nice hair dye job bob, loos like you got some botox and perhaps a facelift while abroad, girls do that, are you a girl, bob?

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-23 15:59

      I'm watching you, Bob.

  • Alfjoe - 2012-07-23 15:31

    How many farms do these zanu pf morons have?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:16

      All but about 300 in the whole country, thats why food production is down unemployment is up and the country is basket case.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-23 15:32

    'We have never depended on the EU...We depend on ourselves...'\r\nWhat do they call it, irony?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-23 15:43

    Viva Zimbabwe - the sparkling little Gem of Africa.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-23 15:59


      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:16

      Yes Felix sarcasm, plain as the nose on your face!

  • stannich.makiele - 2012-07-23 17:44

    I cannot understand why is it so difficult to hold Credible free and fair elections which I think is what all Zimbabweans want.Why does he have to call this Nonsense because it is what I think the Zim people want. His statement is indicative of an election that is going to be bloody like the last 1. Stil a long way to go.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:23

      Mugabe doesn't want free and fair elections because he will lose them!

  • Jymiro - 2012-07-23 20:03

    I love Mugabe and the Zanu PF. The Americans, Britons and this EU thought wrong when the applied sanctions again Zim. The thought everyone will be intimidated and be afarid to do business with Zim. China prove them wrong. The lifting of sanctions is about them not the people of Zim. If they don't lift the samctions now in three years time the Zim economy will be Chinese infested and the won't have a chance to get a slice. Imperialists, always their interests comes first. I won't surprise if they are not planning to assasinate Mugabe and install their stoggie

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-23 20:34

      Jymiro, if you think Zimbabwe is a bed of roses go and live there. The internet service there is so erratic you wouldn't be able to share your pearls of widom with the rest of us. Mugabe committed genocide, he has abrogated the rule of law and looted the economy for his personal benefit and the benefit of his cronies. The once fine BSAP are nothing but incompetant bully boys extorting bribes from the people they are supposed to serve and protect. No one will bother to assasinate Mugabe because any one who has studied the elections there knows that Mugabe hasn't won an election since before 2000. Hence the call for free and fair elections.

  • badballie - 2012-07-24 09:02

    That the western world is still engaged in talks with Zimbabwe is beyond comprehension, the typical outcome of a country that isn't considered to have enough natural wealth for an invasion by the west I suppose. Just boycott at trade with Zimbabwe until free and fair elections are held, just as long as Africa's governments don't get to say whether they were free or fair, Africans wouldn't recognize either free or fair if they got slapped upside the head with them.

  • jabulani.ngwenya.90 - 2012-07-28 08:36

    Why complain about sanctions? Zim economy was ruined without sanctions. Fix the root of the causes of the economy decay and sanctions will take care of themselves. Is Zim not a sovereign country? why do you have to depend on European and American economy bodies for your survival? You know the problems, fix them, forget about who fought in the liberation war and who did not, it is a passing generation. The war was to remove certain rules and laws that were not human and not a ticket to recolonise the country like what we see today.

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