Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against two Zimbabwe men on allegations that they ordered violent attacks against peaceful political protesters.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) say the two first came to prominence during the elections held to replace Robert Mugabe in 2018. One of the designees was the commander of the Zimbabwean National Army’s Presidential Guard Brigade at the time, and he is suspected of ordering government troops to take action against peaceful protesters in the capitol city. Per contemporary reports, the action involved lethal use of force that killed at least half a dozen people and injured many more. He was subsequently named as the country’s ambassador to Tanzania, and he still serves as such today.
The other designee is Zimbabwe’s Minister of National Security, and OFAC says he ordered subordinates to identify and harass vocal opponents of the current regime. He allegedly also uses “ferret teams” against such dissidents, resulting in abductions and physical abuse of those individuals.
Both men are designated by OFAC for allegedly being responsible for or participating in human rights abuses. As a result, Americans are legally prohibited from engaging in business with them, and both foreign and domestic parties risk sanctions of their own for continuing business associations with them.
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