Sanctions imposed by western powers against Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium are now affecting countries in the SADC region, civil society groups have claimed.
Sanctions have caused thousands of Zimbabweans to migrate to regional countries resulting in competition for resources and ultimately xenophobia.
In an interview, the director of SheDad, Martha Shumba had this to say:
We are calling for the removal of sanctions because they have gone off the mark and hurting ordinary Zimbabweans. The leadership have access to money and that is both the ruling and opposition alike. Ordinary people are paying the price.
Collectively, we have approached the United States and European Union ambassadors with our call that targeted sanctions have failed to get the West’s desired results in Zimbabwe and must be removed.
These sanctions have made it difficult for the government to access lines of credit, debt relief and directly affects the country’s ability to meet its fiduciary obligations.
The sanctions have also made it difficult for both government and private entities to access investment and financial services and it becomes difficult to create employment.
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