The United States Government has added Zimbabwe’s State Security Minister Owen Ncube, onto the sanctions list, hours after the Zanu PF led administration staged mass demonstrations on Friday calling for the unconditional scrapping of the Western embargo.
United States of America Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo revealed on twitter that Ncube was put on sanctions for participating in activities that violated human rights. Pompeo posted:
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Today, I publicly designated Owen Ncube for his involvement in a gross violation of Human Rights in Zimbabwe. State-sanctioned violence in Zimbabwe must end now and those responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable.
The development is displeasure to the Zimbabwean government whose march yesterday was expected to influence the United States and other Western countries to remove sanctions on the Southern African state.
It is also a slap in the face of the Zimbabwean government which has since 2017 been trying to mend relations with the international community, particularly Western states whose relations with the country worsened on the turn of the millennium.
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