Addressing thousands of people at a field day at Hilderstroom Farm, owned by Mr Irvene Taguta of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church in Chipinge on Thursday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe should not keep using sanctions as an excuse.
He said Zimbabwe should find ways to counter the sanctions and develop while those that imposed them watch. Said Mnangagwa:
We know we have been on sanctions for the last 18 years but we cannot afford to cry day and night. We need to develop our country. We want to revive our economy, our industry, our roads and our rail should be refurbished and we must have a lot of boreholes. But we cannot achieve all this on our own. We can achieve this by attracting investors from outside the country. For investors to come into the country we must have a conducive environment. We then agreed that let us say Zimbabwe is open for business. Let us find ways of countering those sanctions and develop our country while those who imposed those sanctions watch. This is what we are looking at and what we are doing as of now. We say Zimbabwe is now open and those who have been our friends during our struggle will remain our friends