Sanctions, illegal, unjustified and counter productive-President

Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe sanctions are illegal, unjustified, counter productive and continue to hinder the people of Zimbabwe from enjoying their fundamental human rights to enjoy sovereignty, independence, unfettered development and prosperity, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

The President said this while addressing the 355th Ordinary Session of the Politburo in Harare yesterday, where he urged people to continue resisting the use of sanctions by the West and its allies.

“This Ordinary Session coincides with the scaling up of preparations for the Anti-Sanctions Day to be held on 25 October 2021. Our party and Government will be joined by other SADC member States as we amplify for our unequivocal calls for the unconditional removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on our beloved country.

“I commend the nation, particularly our young people who continue to resist the use of these sanctions and other manoeuvres as tools of regime change,” he said.

Meanwhile, The United Nations Special envoy, Alena Douhan who is currently in the country to assess the impact of the sanctions imposed on the country says the unilateral sanctions affect Zimbabweans right to good health.

Posting on her Twitter handle Douhan said, “Unilateral sanctions affect the right to health of the most vulnerable groups including those suffering from severe and life threatening rare skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa.”

The Movement for Democratic Change, Welshman Ncube faction tweeted that it is ready to meet Douhan, describing the sanctions as outdated.

“We are all set to engage Alena Douhan. As a party, we will contribute positively to help her assessment on the impact of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe. These sanctions are now outdated and must be lifted unconditionally,” they posted.

Douhan, a U.N. Special Rapporteur on Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights and Professor of International Law’s visit ends on October 28 and she will present a public report on her visit to Zimbabwe to the UN Human Rights Council during its 51st session in September 2022.

The United States of America, Britain and other nations imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe following the land reform programme, and ordinary Zimbabweans have largely been affected by these illegal embargos.