Mutezo removed from US sanctions list- Obama donors tried to strike it rich in Zimbabwe


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Former Minister of Water Resources Munacho Mutezo who was expelled from the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front last year for his links to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru was yesterday removed from the United States sanctions list.

Mutezo also lost his Chimanimani West seat and crossed the flow to join the Zimbabwe People First party but he was among the top officials expelled from the party before Mujuru formed the National People’s Party.

The United States imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2003 and they were renewed by President Barack Obama for another year in January just before he left office.

The former United States President told a forum in 2010: “I’m heartbroken when I see what’s happened in Zimbabwe…..I think Mugabe is an example of a leader who came in as a liberation fighter and — I’m just going to be very blunt — I do not see him serving his people well. And the abuses — the human rights abuses, the violence that’s been perpetrated against opposition leaders — I think is terrible.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, however,  top donors of Obama, once a Senator in Illinois, tried to cash in on the sanctions in Zimbabwe.

One of the key people Melvin Reynolds is now facing tax charges which could open a can of worms about his dealings in Zimbabwe.

Below is the story recently published by the Chicago Sun-times:

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