President Emmerson Mnangagwa has begged Western countries to reconsider sanctions which were imposed on Zimbabwe under the tenure of former president Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa said that it will be hard for Zimbabwe to meet its full potential as long as it is under sanctions. In an Op-ed written for the New York Times titled “We Are Bringing About the New Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa says:
As we put the past behind us and embrace this new dawn, we are calling upon the international community to join us. The creation of a National Peace and Reconciliation Committee, which I recently signed into law, will enable us to move forward now as one united people, part of the greater community of nations. Whatever misunderstandings we may have had in the past, let these make way for a new beginning.
Zimbabwe is changing — politically, economically and societally — and we ask those who have punished us in the past to reconsider their sanctions against us. Zimbabwe is a land of potential, but it will be difficult to realize it with the weight of sanctions hanging from our necks.
…Zimbabwe is changing, and quickly. So in this light, I urge the international community to heed the saying, “when the facts change,” change your minds.
We cannot remain hostage to our past but instead must look to the future hand in hand with our international partners. The new Zimbabwe fully affirms its place in the family of nations, with all the responsibilities this entails.
Those who cling to the sanctions are stuck in the old Zimbabwe — the Zimbabwe of poverty and international isolationism. We are bringing about the new Zimbabwe — a country of hope and opportunity, a country that engages with the world and strives toward prosperity.
We invite the international community to partner with us and help us turn our country around. Together we will unlock Zimbabwe’s vast potential and build a new, prosperous and democratic Zimbabwe for all.