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MDC-T Top Official, Zanu PF Activist Clash Over Sanctions Imposed on Mugabe

  • Gibbs Dube

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

A Zanu PF activist says targeted United States sanctions, which were renewed on Wednesday by U.S president Barack Obama are hurting Zimbabwe.

But the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai argues that the sanctions are only causing sleepless nights for President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle.

The sanctions were imposed by the George Bush administration in 2003 following reports of serious human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

Zanu PF activist Gadzira Chirumanzu said the sanctions are causing havoc in the country.

“It is not a secret that the United States is controlling all financial institutions in the world and they usually tell executives of those financial institutions to vote against Zimbabwe. So, at the end of the day these sanctions are very effective.”

Responding to these remarks, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the sanctions are hurting President Mugabe, his wife, Grace, and several Zanu PF officials who are no longer able to go shopping in developed nations.

“… Ofcourse on a personal level they love going to Manhattan in New York to go shopping, they love to go to Disneyland, they love to spend money, ill-gotten money, in Las Vegas in the U.S and honestly on a personal level know they are very, very hurt.”

Other developed nations that imposed the targeted sanctions are Britain, Australia and others.