Thousands of Zimbabwe have taken to the street to protest US imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s state security minister for human rights violations.
The Zimbabwe Security Minister Owen Ncube would be denied entry to the US because of evidence he was involved in “gross violations of human rights”, according to US state department statement.
The statement called on Zimbabwe’s government to “hold accountable officials responsible for human rights violations” The US and EU says the sanctions was imposed on individuals and companies and have no impact on the economy.
“State-sanctioned violence creates a culture of impunity for human rights abusers,” the state department said.
This announcement came same day that thousands marched in Zimbabwe against US and EU sanctions.
Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s government made Friday a public holiday and provided buses for anti-sanctions marchers who gathered at the stadium with low turnout. Critics says no reasonable Zimbabwean will turn up for such protest, the stadium which has capacity of 60,000 but had about 15-20,000 people
President Emmerson Mnangagwa while addressing the crowds said the sanctions are “neither smart nor targeted”. “Their impact on our daily lives is immeasurable and the consequences are dire,” he added.
But critics argue the president is trying to distract people from a deep economic crisis that has sent inflation soaring and caused incomes to plummet.