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INFORMATION Minister Jonathan Moyo Thursday described the US imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe as evil and further called for an international resistance of Washington’s continued use of sanctions on targeted enemies.

This is after the US on Thursday added Zimbabwe’s controversial Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede, two more individuals and a Zimbabwean firm for allegedly, corruptly propping up President Robert Mugabe regime.

Mudede, 71, is accused of assisting Mugabe rig the July, 2013 elections.

However, the US scrapped from its targeted list, the late Vice President John Nkomo and 10 others.

But the move has failed to impress Zimbabwe’s government spokesperson, Moyo, who accused the Americans of attempts to undermine the country’s independence.

“You can’t have a more revealing statement or action about not just how sinister these sanctions are, but also that they’re in fact aimed at undermining our independence and existence as a free country. That’s why they’ve been cynically updated on the eve of our 34 anniversary of independence,” Moyo said.

The freshest inclusion into the US travel ban and assert freeze are Angolan tycoon Sam Pa and Jimmy Zerenie, a Singaporean attorney who was sanctioned together with Sino Zim Development (Pvt) Ltd where he is director.

Those removed from the list include the late Nkomo, businessman Billy Rautenbach, Zanu PF ex-Minister Paul Mangwana, SMEs minister Sithembiso Nyoni, former Deputy Education minister Isaiah Shumba, Local government minister Ignatius Chombo’s former wife Marian, Msipa Sharlottie, Victoria Chitepo, Kumbirai Kangai, Peter Nyoni.

Said Moyo, “This should open up the eyes and minds of any doubting Thomases out there who believed that there was any sense or virtue in these evil measures.

“They’re an attack on all of us as Zimbabweans across the full spectrum of political opinion and the purported removal of some few names is an old and failed divide-and-rule tactic and is meaningless because even these people whose names have allegedly been removed will continue to be affected by the sanctions.

“We now know that these sanctions are not just about a list of names, they’re about Zimbabwe and all Zimbabweans are affected by these sanctions. Only recently, the Americans, in the run-up to the latest action, even imposed sanctions on our elephants, this is how low and evil these people are and honestly updating their evil sanctions list on the eve of our independence is an ultimate insult.

“In any event, we’ve lived with these sanctions since 2001 and we’ve become wiser.

“The inclusion of Chinese nationals or interests shows that they’re now internationalising their evil sanctions. It shows that these sanctions aren’t about Zimbabwe but America and its evil foreign policy machinations in global affairs and that’s why all right thinking people, especially Zimbabweans, and also others across the international community should stand up and resist these measures. America is out of order and it is about time it was told this by the international community.”

U.S. targeted sanctions apply to 113 Zimbabwean individuals and 70 entities (mostly farms and legal entities owned by the 113 individuals) as of February 18, 2014.

Source : New Zimbabwe