EU suspends sanctions against Grace Mugabe

After the European Council met in Brussels on Monday, it issued a statement to say restrictive measures would be lifted against four individuals in Zimbabwe.

FILE: Former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - The European Union (EU) on Monday suspended targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe, but has maintained an arms embargo and targeted asset freeze against the country’s state munitions firm.

The EU said a lack of substantial reforms by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government are contributing to a worsening economic and humanitarian crisis.

After the European Council met in Brussels on Monday, it issued a statement to say restrictive measures would be lifted against four individuals in Zimbabwe.

It’s understood these include Mugabe.

She and her late husband, Robert Mugabe, had been targeted by EU travel sanctions and asset freezes since 2002 over rights abuses and alleged vote-rigging by Mugabe's government.

On Monday, the EU council said it would only maintain sanctions against the state munitions firm, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), which supplies the army.

It said sanctions against ZDI wouldn't affect Zimbabwe's economy, investment or trade and were intended to encourage the authorities to uphold the rule of law and human rights.