In Zimbabwe, the government of President Robert Mugabe says it will restrict the movement of its political opponents.

Home Affairs Minister John Nkomo told the privately owned Financial Gazette that the move is in retaliation for a European Union travel ban on some top Zimbabwe government officials.

The EU recently imposed targeted sanctions, including travel restrictions, on about 72 members of Zimbabwe?s ruling ZANU-PF, for alleged abuses of democracy, human rights and the law.

Professor Welshman Ncube is the Secretary General of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. He told English to Africa reporter Josephine Kamara that the proposed restrictions by the government would target any political dissent.