An anti-sanctions march pencilled for Friday this week will cost the Zimbabwean government US$4 million dollars, a report claims.
Marches will be held in all of the country’s 10 provinces and will involve cabinet ministers and top civil servants as well as tens of thousands of ordinary people. A top bureaucrat who spoke to NewsDay is quoted as saying:
The event will not consume less than $4 million in transport costs, food and loss of production costs given that no business will happen in most government offices on the day. Ministers, top civil servants and security personnel will be deployed for the event.
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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has thrown its weight behind the government of Zimbabwe for the Anti-sanctions march.
However, political commentators have argued that the sanctions will not be revoked since the people targeted have continued to violate citizens’ fundamental human rights with impunity.