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Newsline: Zimbabwean group camps at US Embassy

A group of seven citizens has camped at the United States Embassy in Harare calling for the removal of the illegal sanctions the country imposed on Zimbabwe and vowed to stay put until they are removed. The organiser of the vigil Mr Calvern Chitsunge said the sanctions imposed by the US had proved that they were targeting all Zimbabweans. “We have organised this vigil to show the world that sanctions are not targeted at the individuals on the list, but all Zimbabweans,” he said. (https://www.herald.co.zw/group-camps-at-us-embassy/) The Broad Alliance Against Sanctions members have urged Zimbabweans to follow their lead in calling for the lifting of sanctions that have crippled industry and cost the country over US$50 billion in the last two decades.

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Newsline: Zimbabwe War Vets Get Green-Light to Besiege U.S. Embassy in Harare

Police approved an anti-sanctions demonstration by war-veterans. The former liberation war fighters notified the police early this month, of their intention to petition the US embassy in Harare, demanding that its government removes sanctions imposed on leading figures in the Zanu PF administration. “We have no objection to your holding an Anti-Sanctions Vigil at the American Embassy on the 29th of March from 1400hrs until they give a positive response. “We trust and pray that your event will be a success although the regulating authority still reserves the right to stop the event should it turn out to be a public order threat or violate any Zimbabwean law,” reads the police statement in part. (https://allafrica.com/stories/201903300058.html) The United States has maintained targeted restrictions on individuals mainly within the ruling Zanu PF party renewing them annually arguing Zimbabwe poses a threat to its foreign policy. US President Donald Trump extended sanctions on the country by a year over “unusual and extraordinary policies which are a threat to US foreign policy.”

Newsline: Britain summons Zimbabwe ambassador

Britain summoned Zimbabwe’s ambassador to register its disquiet over a crackdown on dissent by security forces in Zimbabwe. Britain’s Minister of State for Africa Harriet Baldwin revealed that she had discussed the crisis with Zimbabwe’s top diplomat in London, Christian Katsande. “Just spoken to Zimbabwean ambassador regarding this week’s protests in Zimbabwe. Worrying levels of violence – urged restraint from security forces and the need to restore internet access,” Baldwin said on Twitter. Britain’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Melanie Robinson said she had also held discussions with Zimbabwean authorities after fuel price protests triggered a brutal response by the police and military. Doctors say as many as 72 people have been treated for gunshot wounds, with several fatalities.

https://www.zimlive.com/2019/01/britain-summons-zimbabwe-ambassador-over-security-forces-clampdown/

Newsline: UK shames Zimbabwe embassy

Government was left with egg on its face after Zimbabwe’s embassy in the United Kingdom was named among 23 diplomatic missions that are not paying their rates. The diplomatic missions now owe the British taxman more than £1.5 million in unpaid business rates, which should have been paid on December 31, 2017. Zimbabwe’s embassy, which occupies a Grade 11-listed building in central London, reportedly owes £101,694 (about US$129,000) in business rates. Top of the list is Sudan’s mission which owes £137,122, followed by the Iranian embassy at £123,570. Government officials in Harare had not responded to NewZimbabwe.com’s questions at the late last night.

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-152740.html

Newsline: UAE to open an embassy in Zimbabwe

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open an embassy in Zimbabwe, the UAE president has said. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued several federal decrees to establish the UAE Embassy in Zimbabwe and appointed and promoted members of the diplomatic corps. The decrees were published in the latest edition of the Federal Official Gazette and stipulate the establishment of the UAE Embassy in capital, Harare.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/uae-to-open-an-embassy-in-zimbabwe-18417050

Newsline: Zimbabwe ambassador to Senegal found dead in Dakar

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia, Trudy Stevenson, has been found dead in Dakar on Friday. The 73-year-old diplomat was reportedly discovered at her residence by her chauffeur when he reported for duty. The Zimbabwean foreign affairs and international trade ministry confirmed the death of the diplomat, but could not shed more light, saying government was yet to talk to the family. “It is true Ms Stevenson has passed, but we are yet to get in contact with all the relatives,” an official in the ministry said. Stevenson, a founding member of the MDC opposition party, was appointed ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia in 2009 when the then Robert Mugabe-led Zanu-PF joined hands with the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and Welshman Ncube’s MDC party to form the Government of National Unity (GNU). She remained the only opposition political figure in diplomatic posting after others were recalled at the expiry of the GNU.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zimbabwe-ambassador-to-senegal-found-dead-in-dakar-16726525

Newsline: Embassy Urges U.S. Citizens to Avoid Central Harare After Gunshot Reports

The U.S. embassy in Zimbabwe urged American citizens to avoid central Harare on Thursday because of protests and reports of gunshots, the embassy said in a statement on its website. “As the political situation in Zimbabwe remains uncertain, you should remain safely at home or in your accommodations as much as possible,” the statement read.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-08-02/embassy-urges-us-citizens-to-avoid-central-harare-after-gunshot-reports