We will back efforts to get sanctions lifted, President Kenyatta promises Zimbabwe

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday assured Zimbabwe of Kenya’s support to ensure that the sanctions imposed on the southern Africa nation by the West in the early 2000’s are lifted.

The ‘targeted measures’ were placed on Zimbabwe by the European Union, United States and later Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to curb the movement and assets of particular individuals in former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s regime. The measures were introduced as a response to serious electoral irregularities and human rights abuses in the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

Despite the Southern Africa nation gaining a new leader, in the form of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who successfully defeated ex- president Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe’s August 2018 elections, the sanctions which have reduced Zimbabwe’s economy to shambles are still in effect.

Former President Mugabe and ruling party ZANU PF had been in power for three decades before the country’s August 2018 general elections.

According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the sanctions are holding Zimbabwe back from effectively serving its citizens.

“Imposing sanction is like tying somebody’s hands and feet, they cannot move. We will give our support to bring back Zimbabwe to the global platform,” President Kenyatta said at State House, Nairobi, when he received a special message from retired Air Chief Marshal Perence Shiri, a special emissary of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The Zimbabwean special envoy briefed President Kenyatta on the situation in Zimbabwe and called for Kenya’s support to get the sanctions lifted.

Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Shiri said the Zimbabwe government was doing everything it could to address the challenges facing the country. In that regard, Mr. Shiri insisted that Zimbabwe has already crafted compensation plans for Zimbabwe citizens who lost property during the “land reform programme” introduced in 2000.

The envoy likewise commended President Kenyatta’s leadership, saying it has enhanced bilateral relations between Kenya and Zimbabwe as well as many other nations across the continent.

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