Zim sanctions not working - Sata

2012-10-01 14:08

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.

  • kutoz.n - 2012-10-01 14:40

    The Zimbabwe economy mighty be down but let me emphasise that the way the media portrays the poverty in my country is too much. Politics musn't take presidency over everything. Propaganda is the root of anarchy

      mike.boylen - 2012-10-01 15:35

      If poverty in your country is not as bad as portrayed, then how come I'm exposed on a daily basis to adverts from charitable organisations requesting donations to feed the starving people of Zimbabwe? Clearly, you are one of Mugabe's priveleged minority.

      Osito - 2012-10-01 15:59

      Kutoz, I was there 2 months ago and I saw first hand how the people are suffering. If it was not so bad on that side, why are there so many looking for jobs in South Africa? I can't remember when was the last time I had a waiter serve me that was NOT Zimbabwean. No propaganda there, just the honest truth!

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-01 18:40

      How come the unemployment has remained so high, GDP remains low and so many Zimbabweans are leaving the country?

      thami.khulu - 2012-10-01 19:42

      Osito, that is the exactly the propaganda Kutoz.n is talking about.If you are well travelled you will realise Zimbabwe is better off than a many other African countries. As an example lets talk about the DRC. You will never read about poverty in the DRC.Why-simply because the white controlled media is not at war with such countries. Zimbabwe bears the brunt of a vicious media all because of the land policy. Maybe just maybe people should accept that land now belongs to the rightful owners. This cannot and will never be reversed whether there are sanctions or not, whether Mugabe is there or not.So this attack on Zimbabwe has lost its sparkle,as too most of the comments on NEWS 24. For those worried about Zimbabweans coming to SA,its simple logic-greener pastures and there is nothing sinister about that . SA offers higher wages, from sport to formal employment and unless the people who matter (read ANC government),the people in power put a stop to migration then the rest of us non-entities must just shut up seriously.

      mike.boylen - 2012-10-01 20:03

      @thami.khulu. This vicious media war you talk about is all a figment of mad mugabe's paranoid imagination. Zimbabwe is rarely mentioned in the European or American media. The country is largely forgotten as there are no investment opportunities there. None of the western countries are interested in a ruined country. All of the propaganda comes from the Zimbabwean government as they desperately try to explain away their failures by blaming an imaginary enemy.

      warwick.bristow - 2012-10-02 13:19

      Sanctions will only work if the country's leaders notice that the sanctions actually hurt the man in the street. The trouble is nobody cares.

      sugardick.dupree - 2012-10-02 15:22

      You are very right, Kutoz!

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-01 14:50

    Get rid of mugabe n overfed animals. Zimbabwe wil b stronger than SA.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-01 14:54

    The very fact that he is complaining means that they are working.

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-01 15:14

      are an is in fact the Zambian president that is complaining...Mugabe is well off!!!

      Osito - 2012-10-01 16:00

      RR, just wake up and smell the coffee will you?

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-10-01 15:20

    They have never worked unfortunately, purely because there are enough countries that don't give a damn about the Sanctions.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-01 15:28

    Who are the idiot when millions live in poverty, but they fat cat party? Who needs bread when you can eat cake? What is the point - is he challenging the world to impose even stricter sanctions?

      leslie.mavolwane - 2012-10-01 19:48

      On the contrary, he is looking to have them removed. African solution to African problem.

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-01 15:43

    Zim sanctions not working - Sata. Really Mr Sata? I have it on excellent authority from an independent observer that "nothing is working in Zimbabwe". So this comes as no surprise.

      Osito - 2012-10-01 16:02

      That's the point Marc, nothing IS working, but Mugabe is still a 'fat cat'...

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-01 16:12

    ANC supporters should read this.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-01 17:45

    the Zimbabwian economy is just about destroyed by Bob, but that has no effect on the people. They are all living here in SA now!

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-01 18:37

    Power is a powerful drug, just because Sata is now President Sata he goes around as if he is Mr Know It All! If the sanctions are not working then why the fuss!

  • michael.mcn.9 - 2012-10-02 05:05

    Perhaps Mr. Sata slightly misses the point. Perhaps he makes an unintended point. Mugabe and cronies have danced on the graves of their countrymen for so long they feel they can call the tune forever and the ball will never be over for them. Perhaps it's time for the music to end. A Zambian-led liberation force could set Zimbabwe free, capture or kill these thugs, delivering the live rats not to The Hague but to an African Union-led court where Africans could sit in judgment of their wrongdoing and show the world that Africa is not only no place for impunity but that the continent is truly open for business. Not only Zimbabwe would benefit from such a strike against crimes against humanity; Zambia and the other nations in the region would also see a massive surge in -- not Western aid which is after all given to beggars, but -- Western investment, which is the world's way of saying "you have done right. We trust you will keep doing right!"

  • Collen Dube - 2012-10-02 07:48

    its a well known fact that sanctions hardly ever affect those they are aimed at but the poor masses are dealt a double blow.

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-10-02 15:22

    Mugabe NEVER felt the impact of these sanctions from day one! Sanctions are designed to hurt the economy and undermine the authority of the ruling government. Tell me how putting the CEO of Zimbabwe's main water company targets Mugabe? or the CEO of Air Zimbabwe? the entire top brass of the immigration agency of Zimbabwe? or the boss of the country's main grain marketing board? the boss of the national parks?? the boss of the country's national railways?? the boss of Zimbank?? the boss of the POST OFFICE!!! Its completely FALSE to state that the sanctions were targetted at Mugabe! they werent! they were targeted at US, the people of Zimbabwe, so that we could turn against Bob! People also forget the role that Morgan tsvangirai played in the economic destruction of Zimbabwe. Wasn't it him who called for "stay aways"? Wasnt it him who called for an international product boycott of companies who remained operating (Name And Shame campaign)?

      warren.mudge.5 - 2012-10-03 08:46

      And yet you still have never turned against him. So in my opinion you firmly believe that all is well in good ol' Zim. THE PEOPLE SHALL BE RULED BY THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESRVE. I re-iterate a previous comment - All Zimbabwians on these forums who steadfastly defend ol senile Bob's ZANU PF must be on his payroll - AMEN Mad Bob and his gits gets away with the sanction imposed on them personally because of the intricasies and stumbling blocks of diplomacy when they are on foreign soils.

  • Edwill Moyo - 2013-03-26 09:34

    You can bark and bark like a dog at a passing train but the train will never stop......especially you Rhodies and their apologists..Zimbos have taken their land and their economy is now growing despite your so called sanctions.Don't be fooled by your rabid racist media...just visit the country and not to listen to manufactured news from the likes of News 24.

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