The US imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s state security minister Owen Ncube over what it says is credible information of his involvement in “gross violations of human rights,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
Pompeo said in a statement Washington was troubled by the “Zimbabwean government’s use of state-sanctioned violence against” protesters, opposition leaders and labour leaders.
Two years after the ousting of long time ruler Robert Mugabe by the army and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, people still grapple with triple-digit inflation and shortages of basic goods including fuel.
Last month, doctors took to the streets after Peter Magombeyi, their union leader and one organiser of an effort demanding higher wages for state doctors went missing.
Ncube said then Magombeyi’s case was being treated as a disappearance, not an abduction, as his colleagues alleged.
Human rights groups recorded more than 20 cases of abductions of activists by state security agents since January. Government denies any involvement.