The illegal European Union (EU) sanctions on Zimbabwe were never justified and are uncalled for.

This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in reaction to the renewal of sanctions against the first family and the Zimbabwe Defence Industry.

The EU sanctions were first imposed in 2002 on 200 individuals and entities as revenge for the land reform programme which sort to equitably distribute land.

Most of those who were listed have since been removed except President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.
EU also introduced an exception to its arms embargo on Zimbabwe, allowing for the export of certain explosive substances where they are solely for use in Zimbabwe’s civilian mining and infrastructure projects.

Minister Mumbengegwi said the sanctions are unjustified and there was no explanation for having the EU union to have reached that decision.

He said the whole world has agreed that land deserved to be returned to the rightful owners and that there was no reason for the EU to use past injustices to warrant the sanctions.

According to research, Zimbabwe has been prejudiced of over US$42 billion due to sanctions imposition.