Zimbabwean-singer Thomas ‘Mukanya’ Mapfumo has urged President Mnangagwa’s Administration to ‘practice what it preaches’ before they should call for the removal of economic sanctions imposed by the United States of America. Mukanya has been in self-imposed exile in America for several years now after falling foul with former President Robert Mugabe. The sanctions, slapped in 2001 through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA), were renewed on the eve of the 30 July polls by current US President Donald Trump. Speaking to the Standard, Mapfumo said
Let’s practice good governance first. We are the ones causing these sanctions, not the outside world. If we are not agreeing among ourselves, they will remain.
What we have is politics of corruption, not development.
Even well-known thieves hold senior positions in government …there is too much corruption instead of them building infrastructures such as schools, freeways and hospitals.
Political bickering caused by partisan politics is taking centre stage.
Our politics is backwards, more than 38 years of political fights without any development on the economic front is too much.