Former deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara has said Zimbabweans should first remove sanctions they are imposing on themselves first for the Western countries to remove sanctions on the country.
Mutambara said this in a wide ranging interview with CNBC Africa. When asked if President Mnangagwa had implemented enough reforms for sanctions to be removed, Mutambara said:
The starting point on the discussion on sanctions is to accept that there are two types of sanctions. There are sanctions you impose upon yourself, that’s the number one sanction you should discuss. Then there’s another type of sanction which are imposed on you by foreigners by outsiders. My interest, my bone of contention is that as Zimbabweans we must address those sanctions we are imposing upon ourselves. Misgovernance, corruption, rigging elections, poor country governance, murdering our own people; those are sanctions we are imposing upon ourselves. So I am not even interested in discussing the number two type of sanctions because we as Zimbabweans are not solving the sanctions we are imposing upon ourselves. Shame on us. Why would you want others to remove sanctions on you when you are busy imposing sanctions on yourself.
Watch the full interview below: