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EU lifts sanctions against some Zim officials

The EU has decided to lift sanctions against some Zimbabwean officials close to Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

HARARE - The European Union (EU) on Monday lifted sanctions against six Zimbabwean cabinet ministers and 15 other allies of President Robert Mugabe.

Sanctions were also lifted against a company linked to Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

But sanctions were not dropped against a main state-run mining company.

Officials who had had visa bans lifted include Information Minister Webster Shamu, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi and Lands Minister Herbert Murerwa.

A company linked to Zanu-PF official David Chapfika also had sanctions against it lifted.

The company was identified as Divine Homes Private Limited.

Reports said Belgium was keen for the state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation to be removed from the list.

The fact that it was not removed will be a blow to Mugabe's side of the power-sharing government.