Cape Town - Zimbabwe's population is suffering due to sanctions imposed by the West while President Robert Mugabe remains over-nourished, Zambian President Michael Sata told American investors in New York last week.
NewsDay reported on Monday that Sata, who has always come to Mugabe's defence
in a region increasingly growing impatient with the long-time ruler's
reluctance to reform, said the sanctions were not working.
said Mugabe and his inner circle remained insulated from the measures
imposed a decade ago to punish Zanu-PF leaders for alleged human rights
"Today, you have sanctions against Mugabe, but the sanctions are not affecting Mugabe," Sata said at the United Nations.
saw him at the United Nations [last Wednesday], he is over-nourished
and Mugabe, whom you are trying to target, is here, but his people
cannot afford a meal a day."
Mugabe and other senior Zanu-PF
officials are banned from travelling to the United States and Europe,
but cities that host UN events are obliged by international law to
He usually travels with a bloated delegation whenever he gets the chance to travel to the US or Europe for UN conferences.