eu delegation leader edd.jpgThe European Union has lifted visa bans and asset freezes of 51 Zimbabweans and 20 organisations that were on its previous list.

 

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Zimbabwe was slapped with sanctions in 2002 following the internationalisation of its dispute with Britain.

In a statement, the EU’s head of delegation in Zimbabwe, Mr. Aldo Dell’ Ariccia said the delisting of the entities and individuals is in recognition of progress made and to encourage further reforms under the Global Political Agreement.

Ambassador Dell’ Ariccia said the lifting of the visa bans and asset freezes comprises one third of the individuals and two thirds of the entities previously listed, adding it was a significant amendment to EU sanctions on Zimbabwe since they were introduced in 2002.

Two members of the re-engagement team, Cdes Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Patrick Chinamasa have also been removed and the reason given was to allow them to travel to Brussels for re-engagement discussions.

The list of those delisted includes those who have died and some members of the Politburo and other Zanu PF members.

Some of them are Cde Alice Chimbudzi, Cde Chen Chimutengwende, Cde Willard Chiwewe, Cde Rugare Gumbo, Dr Tafataona Mahoso, ZEC Deputy Chair Mrs. Joyce Laetitia Kazembe, Cde Leo Mugabe, Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo and Tsitsi Muzenda.

All the journalists that had been listed have been scrapped from the list.

However, some 112 people still remain sanctioned.

The EU council also extended its sanctions on development assistance for six months with a view to begin what Ambassador Dell’ Ariccia referred to as enhanced cooperation as and when the measures can be lifted.

Although he admitted that the situation in the country has improved, he said further political reforms are necessary and impressed upon the need to accelerate the re-engagement process between Zimbabwe and the EU.

Questioned on the slow pace of the constitution making process, he said the EU is not worried by such as long as the process is on track.

However, some political and social commentators have dismissed the move by the EU as a non-event, arguing the sanctions were not necessary and are illegal in the first place.

 

The individuals and entities removed from the sanctions list:

 

INDIVIDUALS

Name (and any aliases) and Number in Council
Decision 2011/101/CFSP
Barwe, Reuben      3
Bredenkamp, John Arnold 5
Chimbudzi, Alice 15
Chimedza, Paul 15
Chimutengwende, Chenhamo Chekezha 17
Chinamasa, Monica 18
Chiremba, Mirirai 24
Chitakunye, Eliphas 25
Chiwenga, Jocelyn 27
Chiwewe, Willard 29
Chiwese, George 28
Deketeke, Pikirayi 31
Dube, Tshinga Judge 33
Gumbo, Rugare Eleck Ngidi 36
Hungwe, Josaya (a.k.a. Josiah) Dunira 39
Huni, Munyaradzi 40
Karimanzira, David Ishemunyoro Godi 43
Kazembe, Joyce Laetitia 46
Kereke, Munyaradzi 47
Mahoso, Tafataona 58
Makwanya, Judith 59
Makwavarara, Sekesai 60
Manyonda, Kenneth Vhundukai 63
Matanyaire, Munyaradzi 67
Mavhaire, Dzikamai 72
Mbiriri, Partson 73
Mombeshora, Millicent Sibongile 79
Moyo, July Gabarari 82
Muchechetere, Happison 88
Mudzvova, Paul 96
Mugabe, Leo 98
Mujuru, Solomon TR 101
Mukosi, Musoro Wegomo 102
Mumbengegwi, Samuel Creighton 104
Mutasa, Gertrude 110
Mutasa, Justin Mutsawehuni 111
Mutiwekuziva, Kenneth Kaparadza 114
Muzenda, Tsitsi V. 116
Muzonzini, Elisha 117
Ncube, Abedinico 120
Ndlovu, Sikhanyiso ` 121
Nkala, Herbert 124
Nyawani, Misheck 128
Patel, Bharat 132
Rautenbach, Muller Conrad (a.k.a. Billy 134
Sakabuya, Morris 138
Samkange, Nelson Tapera Crispen 140
Sandi, Eunice Moyo 141
Shumba, Isaiah Masvayamwando 148
Utete, Charles 159
Zvayi, Caesar 163

 

ENTITIES (20)
Name (and any aliases) and Number in Council decision 2011/101/CFSP
Alpha International (Pvt) Ltd 1
Breco (Asia Pacifi) Ltd 2
Breco (Eastern Europe) Ltd 3
Breco (South Africa) Ltd 4
Breco (UK) Ltd 5
Breco Group 6
Breco International 7
Breco Nominees Ltd 8
Breco Services Ltd 9
Corybantes Ltd 12
Echo Delta Holdings 14
Masters Inernational Ltd 18
Ndlovu Motorways 19
Piedmont (UK) Ltd 21
Raceview Enterprises 22
Ridgepoint Overseases Developments Ltd (a.k.a Ridgepoint Overseas Developments Ltd) 23
Scottle Holdings (Pvt) Ltd 24
Scottlee Resorts Ltd 25
Timpani Export Ltd 27
Tremalt Ltd 28