President Emmerson Mnangagwa has come under fire from the European Union (EU) Mission in Zimbabwe for failing to take action against military officers involved in the August 2018 killings.
Soldiers opened fire with live ammunition on citizens protesting the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) prolonged announcement of the 2018 presidential election results in the streets of Harare. Six civilians were shot dead.
The EU makes the remarks as the southern African nation gets ready for this year’s July harmonised elections. Said the delegation in a statement seen by Pindula News:
The EU also maintains its concerns that the recommendations of the Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry have not been followed substantially and the perpetrators of violations which occurred in August 2018 and January 2019 are to date still enjoying impunity from prosecution.
It is important that international human rights obligations are adhered to and the constitutional rights of the people of Zimbabwe respected.
In view of all the above, in its 2023 revision of the restrictive measures, the EU has decided to extend by one year the two measures in place (i.e.: the arms embargo and targeted assets freeze against one company, Zimbabwe Defence Industries).
Zimbabwe extended yet another elections observation invitation to the Western bloc despite the persistent backlash.
The EU which is made up of 27 European countries said it will deploy an Observer Mission once constitutional processes have been finalised.
The delegation stressed that it is closely following the process leading up to the elections which are of great importance to the trajectory of the country and encouraged all electoral stakeholders to play their role in ensuring the organisation of a credible and peaceful electoral process.