USA Extends Targeted Santions Against Zanu PF. Regime

USA Extends Targeted Sanctions Against Zanu PF Regime.
With 24 days to go before the Zimbabwe's general elections, United States President George W. Bush on Tuesday extended by one year a series of sanctions against Zanu-PF officials, including Robert Mugabe.

The decision renews Bush’s executive orders of March 2003 and November 2005 freezing the assets of more than 100 people and 30 entities considered to be opposing reforms in Zimbabwe or undermining democracy.

A statement from the White House said the crisis constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons, to undermine the country’s democratic processes or institutions, have not been resolved.

These actions and policies pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue this national emergency and to maintain in force the sanctions to respond to this threat,’ Bush said in the statement.

Meanwhile the MDC has accused Zanu-PF of hypocrisy when it banned political parties from receiving funds from outside the country. Zanu PF receives substantial funding from China for its campaign machinery.

Elton Mangoma, deputy treasurer-general of the Tsvangirai MDC, also accused the ruling party of abusing donor funds by diverting some of them to electioneering.

We know they get donor funds based at the official rate but end up selling it on the black market and pocketing the difference. This is in contravention of the law. We also know they are getting a lot of money from China and most of their campaign material is also coming from there,’ Mangoma said.


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