The U.S State department has added Zimbabwe’s Minister of State Security Owen Mudha Ncube to its list of sanctioned individuals on Saturday, a day after Zimbabweans staged a demo against sanctions imposed on Harare.
According to U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ncube is being accused of involved in gross violation of human rights in Zimbabwe.
“Today, l publicly designated Owen Ncube for his involvement in a gross violation of human rights in Zimbabwe.
State sanctioned violence in Zimbabwe must end now and those responsible for human rights violation must be held accountable”, said Pompeo.
Mudha is regarded as Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa confidante. He is a Member of Parliament for Gokwe Kana constituency and Zanu PF Midlands secretary for security.
He was appointed Minister of provincial affairs for Midlands soon after the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017 before he was elevated to the position of Minister in charge of State Security after the 2018 general elections.
It is for the first time the U.S state department has designated a member of Harare administration under a sanctions list that targets those accused by Washington of gross human rights violation.
A U.S Secretary of State is appointed by the President with the advice of and consent of Senate, is the President’s chief of foreign affairs adviser.
Efforts to get a comment from Deputy Chief Secreatary in-charge of communications Geroge Charamba were fruitless by the time of publishing as his mobile was not reachable.