Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) deputy Commissioner General Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mutamba has been slapped with sanctions by the United States for “undermining Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.”
Announcing the latest measures, the U.S. Department of State spokesperson Ned Prices said they had also removed eleven individuals from the Specially Designated Nationals List under the Zimbabwe sanctions programme, most of them deceased.
“As part of an ongoing review of the sanctions program to ensure it remains focused and relevant, today, the United States is delisting 11 individuals from the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, based on a determination they no longer warrant inclusion on the SDN List. The 11 individuals being removed from the SDN list are either deceased or have been deemed to no longer undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.
“The United States is also designating Stephen Mutamba, the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Deputy Commissioner for Administration, pursuant to Executive Order 13469 for his role in undermining Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.
“Over the past two years, Mutamba has organized a host of actions that threaten and undermine legitimate political parties and others who oppose the policies of the Government of Zimbabwe or the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party. It is vital that the Government of Zimbabwe allow full participation across the political spectrum,” said Ned Price spokesperson of the Department of State
The United States continues to stand with the Zimbabwean people against corruption, human rights abuses, and efforts to undermine democratic processes or institutions. We will not hesitate to designate those who undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions or otherwise fall within the scope of our sanctions program.
The 11 individuals being removed from the sanctions list are either deceased or have been deemed to no longer undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.
They are Kenneth Manyonda, Simon Khaya Moyo, Perence Shiri, Absolom Sikhosana, Joel Biggie Matiza, Paradzai Zimondi, Morris Sakabuya, Edwin Muguti, Selina Pote, Olivia Nyembedzi Muchena and Tendai Savanhu.