The United States has removed from its sanctions list a number of deceased senior officials of President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and two surviving members – former Mines Minister Edward Chindori Chininga and former Manicaland governor Tinaye Chigudu.
Among those who are late and now off the list include the late Education Minister Stan Mudenge, former Mashonaland East governor David Karimanzira, former army general Solomon Tapfumanei Mujuru, ex-Harare mayor Solomon Tawengwa, the late deputy police commissioner Barbara Mandizha, and Zanu-PF Politiburo member Khantibhal Patel.
US ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said though some people and entities have been removed from the list, America is still pursuing what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described as "action for action" in dealing with Zimbabwe, adding that an acceptable election in Zimbabwe will lead to more changes.
The United States Treasury Department last week issued a general license authorizing transactions involving two banks in Zimbabwe which were part of entities under targeted sanctions imposed on President Mugabe, his inner circle and companies linked to Zanu-PF.
In a statement, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control authorized transanctions with the Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) and the Infrastucture Development Bank of Zimbabwe. It said transactions should be done provided they do not involve any person whose property and interests are on the sanctions list.
The United States imposed sanctions on Mr. Mugabe, his inner circle and firms linked to Zanu-PF in 2002 citing rights abuses and poll rigging allegations in the 2002 presidential election.