Here is a video showing British Government officials saying Zimbabwe will not be allowed to join the Commonwealth and sanctions “should be extended to Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration” as they currently affect a man they call “President Mugabe and his wife”.
In the video, MP Helen Goodman proposed that the UK should introduce a statutory instrument to regulate sanctions on Zimbabwe when Britain leaves the European Union.
The EU sanctions are currently on former President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace and the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.
Even though former military figures like ED Mnangagwa, VP Chiwenga and Minister Perrance Shiri are on the sanctions list, these continue to be suspended.
“We have only limited sanctions that relate only to President Mugabe and the defence industries. The purpose of the sanctions is to improve the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, but how can they possibly be effective given that Zimbabwe has a new government? “ Goodman asked.
“How can sanctions on a previous regime conceivably affect the new regime? That new regime has been described by some Zimbabweans as a new driver in an old taxi. The situation does not quite make sense.”
Watch video below:
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