The AU chair, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is expected to join other heads of state lobbying for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be removed The Sunday Mail reports. Tanzanian leader Dr John Magufuli is however expected to lead the Sanctions For Zimbabwe must fall charge. This was revealed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Permanent Secretary, Ambassador James Manzou who said this to the Sunday Mail:
If you look at the decision that was made in Tanzania during the Heads of State and Government Summit, it was basically in two parts. The first one being Sadc declared that on October 25 all Sadc countries, in one form or another, will unite in protest against the sanctions.
Furthermore, it called on all Sadc Heads of State and Government to raise the issue in their statements at the United Nations General Assembly; that is, to call for the lifting of the sanctions. The Sadc chair was also mandated to lead the charge in calling for the removal of the sanctions.
So, what we are going to see at this year’s UNGA is a united position by all Sadc countries in calling for the removal of the sanctions on a global stage, something that is unprecedented.
The calls to be made by the AU chair, Egyptian leader, have previously been echoed by other heads of state. 25 October has been set aside as anti-sanctions day where activities to call for the removal of sanctions will be conducted in SADC countries.