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US sanctions Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa over alleged abuses

US sanctions Zimbabwe

US targets Mnangagwa, his wife and top government officials in overhaul of sanctions regime imposed in 2003.The United States has sanctioned Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his wife and senior government officials for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses.

Mnangagwa is accused of protecting gold and diamond smugglers that operate in Zimbabwe and directing government officials to facilitate the sale of gold and diamonds in illicit markets and taking bribes in exchange for his services. “Multiple cases of abductions, physical abuse, and unlawful killing have left citizens living in fear.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new measures were part of a “stronger, more targeted sanctions policy” on Zimbabwe and voiced concern over “serious cases of corruption and human rights abuse”.

Key individuals, including members of the government of Zimbabwe, bear responsibility for these actions, including the looting of government coffers that robs Zimbabweans of public resources,” Blinken said in a statement.

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