U.S. Treasury Blacklists Two Zimbabwean Officials for Alleged Human Rights Abuses
12 Mar 2020

The U.S. blacklisted two Zimbabwean officials for alleged human rights violations, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The officials, Anselem Sanyatwe and Owen Ncube, allegedly were involved in directing an attack on peaceful demonstrators and political opponents in Zimbabwe, the Treasury said.

The designations followed the blacklisting of Messrs. Sanyatwe and Ncube by the U.S. State Department for alleged human rights violations last year, which restricted them from entering the U.S.

Efforts to reach Messrs. Sanyatwe and Ncube weren’t successful. Mr. Sanyatwe, who currently serves as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tanzania, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment sent to the Zimbabwean embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Zimbabwean mission to the United Nations also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Sanyatwe, 64 years old, was previously the commander of the Zimbabwean National Army’s Presidential Guard Brigade. In that role, he allegedly deployed troops to multiple parts of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to attack and silence demonstrators, after a protest broke out following the country’s general elections in July 2018, according to the Treasury.

Zimbabwe’s security forces allegedly fired live ammunition to disperse the protesters, who said the elections were flawed, resulting in at least six deaths, the Treasury said. Mr. Sanyatwe allegedly ordered a member of the Zimbabwean military to shoot protesters, the Treasury said.

By Mengqi Sun, The Wall Street Journal, 11 March 2020

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