PHOTOS: Zimbabweans drag ZANU PF after purchasing 347 brand new top range American Ford vehicles for use in the upcoming 2023 elections despite sanctions from the U.S KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

PHOTOS: Zimbabweans drag ZANU PF after purchasing 347 brand new top range American Ford vehicles for use in the upcoming 2023 elections despite sanctions from the U.S

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Zimbabweans drag ZANU PF after purchasing 347 brand new top range American trucks for use in the upcoming 2023 elections despite sanctions from the U.S. (Read More Here).

Unlike Russia which is on sanctions, ZANU PF has purchased 347 brand new top range British trucks for use in the upcoming 2023 elections.

ZimEye wrote: "Ford of Britain operates two major manufacturing sites in the UK, in Dagenham (diesel engine production) and Halewood (transmissions). It also operates a large research and development facility in Dunton, Essex, which employs over 3,000 engineers.
Parent: Ford of Europe."

James O’Brien, the U.S. State Department’s sanctions coordinator, told an online press briefing on October 19 that U.S. sanctions are not hurting Zimbabwe’s economy, as they do not affect banks, pointing to billions of dollars in reported annual illegitimate, illegal cross-border transactions as examples of what is hurting the country’s economy.

“Those cost the citizens of Zimbabwe a lot of their chance at having a more prosperous and free life. And so, we’d like our sanctions to be part of a policy answer that begins to improve the management of public services and public resources and makes things possible for the people of Zimbabwe to improve,” he said.

O’Brien said Washington is aware of concerns regional leaders have raised over the impact of the sanctions, including the Southern African Development Community and the African Union, saying that the impact of the sanctions is felt regionally and throughout the continent.

O’Brien said the U.S. would continue reviewing the sanctions list imposed in the early 2000s following reports of human rights abuses and election rigging by the current administration in Zimbabwe.

“We are not engaged in a comprehensive effort to close the Zimbabwean economy. We’re aware that because of the depth of the problems and the duration of this program, there probably are a lot of companies who believe that doing business in Zimbabwe is just too difficult. And that does cost opportunities for the people of Zimbabwe. Whether that’s the result of the underlying mismanagement and corruption, or whether our sanctions add to it. That’s something we are willing to talk about. We are focused on the people who benefit from corruption and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. That’s the behavior we are attempting to change. Our sanctions are only one part of a policy to improve the situation there,” he said.

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 Zimbabwe sanctions program is a policy-driven program that targets human rights abusers and those who undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption. U.S. sanctions do not target the Zimbabwean people, the country of Zimbabwe, or Zimbabwe’s banking sector. Sanctions are not intended to be permanent but to incentivize change, and these delistings reflect that. Each year, the U.S. government removes hundreds of individuals and entities from the SDN List. Each removal is based on a thorough review. Maintaining the integrity of U.S. sanctions is a high priority and is the driving principle behind a rigorous review process that evaluates every request for removal individually on its merits and applies consistent standards to all of them.

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.

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.

For more information on today’s action, please see the Department of the Treasury’s press release.

Reactions below:

Michael: I am told that ZANUPF has bought hundreds of vehicles like this, of course we won’t ask what happened to sanctions this time.
They only stop Government from buying ambulances and cancer machines.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now election season from now on.
Pull up your socks!!

Donald: Sanctions can only stop you to equip your hospitals, but they can't stop you to buy new cars every election. You always think of the next election but you don't think about life between elections. You are too playful Niki.

Patrick: When you hear our leaders complain about sanctions you’d think they have a severe effect. They can afford to import top of the range vehicles but fail to import critical healthcare equipment & basic drugs.
A case of misplaced priorities & economic mismanagement.

Hopewell:Dear Zimbabwe: I guess as a nation we shld stop complaining about sanctions. Have U checked the 347 luxurious vehicles imported for party campaigns? We have dollars for these but no dollars for ambulances or medical equipment. Please continue buying the bottled carbon dioxide. (Read More Here).

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