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Zimbabwe Scoffs At EU Visa Ban Deal

THE suspension of travel bans imposed on six Cabinet ministers and 21 other individuals by the European Union yesterday is divisive and meaningless, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, has said.

“It is obviously designed to divide and rule,” he said.

“It is totally meaningless. As long as one Zimbabwean is under sanctions, then the whole country is under sanctions. The sanctions should be removed in totality and unconditionally. These efforts to try and divide us will never work.”

Zanu-PF also dismissed the move as “outrageous, preposterous and divisive”.

The EU yesterday suspended travel bans on Cdes Webster Shamu (Media, Information and Publicity), Herbert Murerwa (Lands and Rural Resettlement), Walter Mzembi (Tourism and Hospitality Industry), Sithembiso Nyoni (Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development), Francis Nhema (Environment and Natural Resources Management) and Sylvester Nguni (Minister of State in Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Office), with its Head of Delegation in Zimbabwe ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia saying the reasons for which they were listed no longer exist.

Minister Mumbengegwi and his Justice and Legal Affairs counterpart Patrick Chinamasa, who are in the EU-Zimbabwe re-engagement dialogue team, had their travel bans removed last year.

All other Zanu-PF ministers remain on the sanctions list.

Twenty-one individuals, including a private company, were de-listed from the sanctions list.

These are Cdes David Chapfika, Tinaye Chigudu, Cephas Msipa, Shadreck Chipanga, Shuvai Mahofa, Michael Nyambuya, Patrick Zhuwao, David Parirenyatwa, Rangwani D, Mpabanga S, Muchono C, Mudonhi Columbus, Isaac Mumba, Mutsvunguma S, Kwenda R, Mashava G, Gilbert Moyo, Richard Ruwodo and a company called Divine Homes (Pvt Ltd) said to be linked to Cde Chapfika.

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