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Zimbabwe protests US sanction against its Tanzania ambassador

Zimbabwe protests US sanction against its Tanzania ambassador

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<p>Zimbabwe protested on Friday against US sanctions against its current ambassador to Tanzania for his alleged role in the repression of a post-election demonstration that killed six people last year in his country.</p> <p>Anselem Sanyatwe, former head of the presidential guard, is accused of commanding the soldiers who opened fire in August 2018 on demonstrators protesting against a delay in publishing the results of the previous month’s presidential election.</p> <p>The Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that it had summoned the United States Ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols, to “express its dissatisfaction” with the sanctions imposed on Mr. Sanyatwe.</p> <p>The United States has denied him entry to its territory for “his involvement in serious human rights violations”.</p> <p>“Washington’s decision is regrettable because it comes at a time when the government is stepping up its efforts to carry out political and economic reforms,” including measures to be taken following the recommendations made by a commission of inquiry into the deaths of demonstrators, the Zimbabwean ministry said.</p> <p>The committee considered the intervention of the security forces to be “unjustified and disproportionate”.</p> <p>The soldiers opened fire on August 1, 2018 on unarmed demonstrators marching against a delay in the publication of the results of the presidential election won by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Six people had lost their lives and 35 had been injured.</p> <p>Mired in a serious economic crisis since the early 2000s, Zimbabwe has been led since late 2017 by Mr. Mnangagwa, who succeeded the authoritarian Robert Mugabe following a military coup.</p> <p>Despite its promises of openness, the new regime remains accused of repressing all dissenting voices.</p> <p>Sanyatwe is the first Zimbabwean to be sanctioned by the United States since the fall of Mugabe.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/edmnangagwa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>edmnangagwa</a> summons <a href="https://twitter.com/usembassyharare?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>usembassyharare</a> ambassador to Zim Brian Nichols after the US placed under sanctions former Zim National Army Presidential Guard chief Anselem Sanyatwe over1 Aug 2018 military killings <a href="https://twitter.com/MinisterSBMoyo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>MinisterSBMoyo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NLinZimbabwe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>NLinZimbabwe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfJNMoyo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ProfJNMoyo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>realDonaldT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>realDonaldTrump</a> <a href="https://t.co/VuAQAoEiMw">pic.twitter.com/VuAQAoEiMw</a></p>&mdash; NewZimbabwe.com (</code>NewZimbabweCom) <a href="https://twitter.com/NewZimbabweCom/status/1157312878703194113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>

Washington's decision is regrettable because it comes at a time when the government is stepping up its efforts to carry out political and economic reforms.

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