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Zimbabwe anti-sanctions protest fails despite free transport, chicken and Pepsi

30 October 2019 10:43 AM
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China
European Union
Zimbabwe
United States
State Security
The Money Show
Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Dianna Games
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Hwange
Africa at Work
Owen Ncube
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The march – organised by the Zimbabwean government - was poorly attended despite freebies and the declaration of a public holiday.

The European Union and the United States pooh-poohed an anti-sanctions march organised by the Zimbabwean government on Friday.

Both said sanctions would remain until President Emmerson Mnangagwa makes good on his promise to reform the country.

The march was poorly attended despite Government declaring a public holiday and providing free transport, chicken and Pepsi.

On Saturday, the US imposed additional sanctions, this time specifically against Owen Ncube, Zimbabwe’s Minister of State Security, for “gross violations of human rights” in response to anti-government protests.

Zimbabwean flag. Picture: EWN

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dianna Games, Chief Executive at business consultancy Africa At Work.

They discussed the failed march and Mnangagwa’s intention to make calling for sanctions in Zimbabwe a crime.

She also spoke about Zimbabwe pulling a stunt on its Chinese creditors.

China suspended $1.3 billion in projects after the Zimbabwean government diverted $10 million from an escrow account for an emergency at the Robert Mugabe Airport.

One of the affected projects is a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Hwange power station, desperately needed in a country surviving on a few hours of electricity per day at most.

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.

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30 October 2019 10:43 AM
Tags:
China
European Union
Zimbabwe
United States
State Security
The Money Show
Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe sanctions
Bruce Whitfield
US
Dianna Games
EU
Hwange
Africa at Work
Owen Ncube
Robert Mugabe Airport

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