HARARE: President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party dismissed as ‘outrageous and preposterous’ the decision by European Union foreign ministers yesterday to only lift some sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Party spokesman Rugare Gumbo said in a statement ZANU-PF ‘will never accept any conditional removal of the illegal sanction or any self-serving initiatives meant to advance the economic interests of western nations’.
He said lifting of the illegal sanctions must be unconditional and total, adding that the party believes the current move to partially lift the illegal sanctions is intended to serve the interests of nations that want rough diamonds from Zimbabwean mines.
The statement came after officials said EU foreign ministers had lifted an asset freeze and travel ban against 21 Zimbabweans out of 112 currently on an EU blacklist and also struck one of 11 firms off the list.
The agreement comes 48 hours before the expiry of sanctions against the regime and followed moves towards the adoption of a new constitution for Zimbabwe.