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(NEWZIMBABWE) US lifts sanctions on 8 Zanu PF officials
03/05/2013 00:00:00
by APA

THE United States government on Thursday removed the names of two surviving Zanu PF members and seven deceased party officials from the list of individuals barred from holding assets or travelling to the US.

In a notice published by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the US lifted its targeted sanctions on former Zimbabwean mines minister Edward Chindori-Chininga and former provincial governor Tinaye Chigudu.

It also post-humously lifted travel bans and asset freezes on seven others, including former Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge, ex-Harare provincial governor David Karimanzira, and Zimbabwe’s first black army commander Solomon Mujuru who died in 2011.

Mujuru was listed under two different names, the other one being his liberation war non de plume of Rex Nhongo. Both names were removed from the US sanctions list.

The list also included former Harare mayor Solomon Tawengwa who died in 2004, late police deputy commissioner Barbara Mandizha and late Zanu PF deputy treasurer Khantibhal Patel.

Calgary Farm, owned by a Zanu PF official, was also removed from the targeted sanctions list.

The removal of the bans comes two weeks after the US eased its sanctions on two Zimbabwean financial institutions as part of measures to normalise relations between Harare and Washington.

In a notice to American companies on 24th April, the Office of Foreign Asset Control said with effect from that date “all transactions involving Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe and Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe are authorized”.

The financial institutions and individuals were among 121 persons and 71 firms facing “targeted sanctions” imposed by the US in 2003.

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