United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa Harriet Baldwin said her Government is considering putting new Zimbabwean government officials under the European Union sanctions list for human rights violations following recent crackdown by security forces.
Appearing before the parliamentary committee on International Development Baldwin said the recent crackdown by the military had made the UK realise it is not the right time to remove sanctions against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Baldwin said the sanction would be targeted and UK would continue with its humanitarian aid in health and social services. Said Baldwin:
Talking about sanctions, the committee may be aware that the process of rolling over the EU sanctions has just come up and the UK has been urging that it is not the right time for us to allow the sanction to expire. And my thinking is that since the recent developments, we think they might be a case for widening it to include further individuals. We have been aware that the president has said that heads will roll; we have not seen any specific head rolling. That might be a good example of the kids of the people who could be included in the sanction regime.
More: Mail and Telegraph