Africa Mali West Africa World 

Ecowas says sanctions imposed on Mali will not be lifted

– – West African regional bloc Ecowas has said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country now has an interim president. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was sworn into office on Friday at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for the…

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Africa Ghana Mali West Africa World 

Ecowas signals it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali

– – The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS has hinted it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali following last month’s coup. The current sanctions imposed on Mali include border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Ecowas leaders had asked the Military leaders to appoint a civilian to head the transitional government for 18 months. On Monday Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was named as interim president by the military junta. Ba N’Daou will be…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

US imposes sanction on Zimbabwe’s security minister

The United States has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s state security minister, Owen Ncube. Owen Ncube is accused by the US government of being involved in “gross violations of human rights.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday that the “Zimbabwean government’s use of state-sanctioned violence against” protesters, opposition leaders and labor leaders. The statement further noted that the US government “has credible information that Owen Ncube was involved in gross violations of human rights in his capacity as Zimbabwe’s Minister of State for National Security.” “We…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabweans march to demand end to foreign sanctions

Zimbabweans led by their president, Emmerson Mnangagwa marched on Friday across major cities to demand an end to foreign sanctions. The government a few months ago launched a campaign to make unpopular what it considers foreign sanctions that have crippled the economy. Government officials including the President insist that sanctions particularly from the United States of America have made it impossible for any major progress to be achieved in growing and rebuilding the Zimbabwean economy. For over two decades Zimbabwe has struggled to rebuild its economy and sanctions have been…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s anti-sanctions campaign divides opinions

Zimbabwe’s government has launched a campaign to make unpopular what it considers foreign sanctions that have crippled the economy. Government officials and the ruling party, the Zanu-PF leaders have been projecting messages across all major media platforms including social media about the impact of these sanctions. They insist that sanctions particularly from the United States of America have made it impossible for any major progress to be achieved in growing and rebuilding the Zimbabwean economy. This has been the mantra under the late Robert Mugabe who attacked the West of…

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