KWEKWE – Zanu PF Midlands province has hailed Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states and all progressive nations calling for the unconditional removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by United States of America and its allies.
In an interview ahead of the first anniversary of the SADC Anti-sanctions Day on October 25, the ruling party Midlands province secretary for information and publicity Cornelious Mupereri said the illegal embargo was impacting negatively on the country’s economy and the general populace.
“As ZANU-PF Midlands we would like to join the nation in calling for the total removal of illegal sanctions imposed on our country.
“We would like to thank the SADC member states and all progressive nations who are with us in calling for the removal of the sanctions,” said Mupereri.
SADC has joined Zimbabwe’s calls for the lifting of the restrictive economic sanctions imposed by the USA through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA).
At its 39th Summit in August last year in Tanzania, SADC resolved to collectively assist Zimbabwe, one of its founding member countries, in campaigning for the sanctions to be removed.
The group set aside October 25 on the SADC calendar as a day for its global campaign against illegal sanctions.
The ZANU-PF Midlands spokesperson called upon USA and the European Union to unconditionally remove the sanctions which have been condemned by the SADC regional bloc, the African Union and the United Nations.
“Sanctions kill and there are strangling even the innocent in our country, they are strangling our economy, they are killing our populace and they are very inhuman to say the least,” said Mupereri.
The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in the early 2001 to force the government to abandon its land reforms, under which it compulsorily acquired prime agricultural land from the minority whites to resettle the landless black majority.
The sanctions, which include trade restrictions and withdrawal of bilateral and multilateral financial support, are estimated to have cost the country about US$100 billion over the past two decades.