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Harare Civic Group Asks EU, Australia To Sanction City Commissioners

The European Commission delegation to Zimbabwe and the Australian government are considering a request by the Combined Harare Residents Association to add the names of members of the state-appointed Harare Commission to their lists of officials banned from traveling within the EU and Australia, officials of the civic group said.

European Commission Chief Delegate Xavier Marchal could not be reached to confirm that his delegation had accepted the petition. But the association said Marchal sent a letter saying the request was under consideration by the European Union's rotating presidency which is currently occupied by Portugal.

Those targeted by the association’s proposal include Harare Commission Chairwoman Sekesai Makwavarara, University of Zimbabwe lecturer Jameson Kurasha, Harare Provincial Administrator Musavaya Reza, Ministry of Local Government Deputy Secretary Killian Mupingo, and Harare architect Richard Mahachi.

Combined Harare Residents Association spokesman Precious Shumba told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Australian embassy took the petition and promised to forward it to the Canberra Department of Foreign Affairs.

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