In an interview with France24, President Mnangagwa responded to Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Harriet Baldwin’s call for the European Union (EU) to add new Government officials on the sanctions list.
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. Baldwin said this when she appeared 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.
When asked if he is afraid that the EU will add more sanctions Mnangagwa said:
The sanctions are already there, they have not been removed. So what other new sanctions are you talking about which have been imposed. We already are suffering under these sanctions ZIDERA EU sanctions.
When asked if he is appealing to his African counterparts to push for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be removed Mnangagwa said:
We have been doing that for the last 18 years, we are not changing. We will continue to appeal to member states in SADC, to the continental body to assist us to have these countries that have imposed sanctions on us to realise that it is hurting our people. We have not offended anybody. What we are doing is good for our people, is good for Zimbabwe.