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Vol 43 No 6

Published 22nd March 2002


The nomenklatura

Zimbabwe's nomenklatura and their business friends now face tightening economic 'smart' sanctions from the European Union and United States. Instead of widening the range of sanctions against Harare after the 10-12 March election, the EU and US strategy is to hit the regime's tiny elite and their financiers increasingly hard. This hasn't surprised the hierarchy in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, who we hear attended an anti-sanctions summit in a well appointed villa near Lake Kariba late last year. Proffering advice to ZANU-PF's elite were some of the most experienced sanctions-busters in the region who had worked for Ian Smith's rebel regime and the apartheid regime in South Africa. Among the wealthy and well-connected individuals and companies under scrutiny by the EU and USA are . . .

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