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Johannes Tomana placed on US sanctions list

The man at the centre of blocking the prosecution of human rights abusers, murderers, rapists and torturers in the Zanu PF terror machine has now finally been put on the United States targeted sanctions list.

Attorney General Johannes Tomana, a long time blue-eyed boy of President Robert Mugabe now joins a list of disgraced officials whose time in office or business has been used to prop up a brutal dictatorship.

The US Treasury Department said Johannes Tomana’s “targeting of selected political opponents threatens the rule of law,” and a fragile power-sharing deal between the country’s rival powers. It means American citizens are prohibited from doing business with him and his US assets are frozen.

The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has long argued that the appointment of Tomana was done outside the provisions of a power sharing deal that accommodated Mugabe when he lost the March 2008 elections.

On the 18th of December 2008 Mugabe defiantly went ahead and promoted Tomana the former deputy Attorney-General under Sobusa Gula-Ndebele from 2006 to May 2008. Gula-Ndebele had just been dismissed because of bitter infighting within Zanu PF.