US announces sanctions against son of Zimbabwean president | Corruption News

The US Treasury Division accused Emmerson Mnangagwa Jr of ties to sanctioned businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei.

The USA has introduced sanctions towards Emmerson Mnangagwa Jr, the son of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, forward of a summit of African leaders in Washington, DC.

The penalties towards Mnangagwa Jr had been specified by a US Treasury Division press launch on Monday, alongside sanctions for 3 different people and two entities.

“The Zimbabwe sanctions programme targets human rights abusers and people who undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption. US sanctions don’t goal the Zimbabwean individuals, the nation of Zimbabwe, or Zimbabwe’s banking sector,” the press launch states.

The sanctions come at some point earlier than US President Joe Biden is scheduled to host a summit of African leaders in Washington, DC, to debate points comparable to local weather change and meals insecurity. About 50 African leaders are anticipated to take part.

The US Treasury alleged that these focused by Monday’s sanctions had been tied to the businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei and his Sakunda Holdings firm.

Tagwirei is accused of utilizing his wealth to domesticate relationships with high-level authorities officers, receiving state contracts and entry to arduous foreign money in alternate for luxurious objects comparable to costly automobiles. He was sanctioned in 2020.

The sanctions freeze the US belongings of these designated and usually bars People from participating in enterprise dealings with them.

Mnangagwa Jr’s father, the Zimbabwean president, had his personal US belongings blocked in 2003 after the administration of then-President George W Bush sanctioned him for “undermining democratic processes or establishments in Zimbabwe”.

Monday’s announcement alleged that Mnangagwa Jr has been in control of enterprise pursuits owned by his father and associated to Tagwirei.

Along with Mnangagwa Jr, sanctions additionally hit Tagwirei’s spouse Sandra Mpunga, in addition to Sakunda’s chief advertising and public relations officer Nqobile Magwizi and Obey Chimuka, a enterprise associate of Tagwirei.

Chimuka owns the civil works firm Fossil Contracting and is the director of the agricultural chemical firm Fossil Agro. Each companies had been additionally sanctioned in connection to Tagwirei and his enterprise.

“We urge the Zimbabwean authorities to take significant steps in direction of making a peaceable, affluent, and politically vibrant Zimbabwe, and to deal with the foundation causes of a lot of Zimbabwe’s ills: corrupt elites and their abuse of the nation’s establishments for his or her private profit,” the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and monetary intelligence, Brian Nelson, mentioned in Monday’s assertion.