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The United States has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the First Lady, and other officials due to allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. This action was taken by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which targeted three entities and 11 individuals.

Mnangagwa is specifically accused of aiding gold and diamond smugglers, facilitating illicit gold and diamond sales, and accepting bribes, among other offenses.

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Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo said, “Today we are refocusing our sanctions on clear and specific targets: President Mnangagwa’s criminal network of government officials and businesspeople who are most responsible for corruption or human rights abuse against the people of Zimbabwe.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said, “Key individuals, including members of the Government of Zimbabwe, bear responsibility for these actions, including the looting of government coffers that robs Zimbabweans of public resources.”

Zimbabwe’s government responded to these sanctions through a tweet from government spokesman Nick Mangwana, stating, “As long as senior leadership is under sanctions, we are all under sanctions. And as long as members of Corporate Zimbabwe are under Sanctions, we are under Sanctions.”


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