The SADC Parliamentary Forum (PF) has said that Western countries who “imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe” now have to remove them considering that Zimbabwe has been transforming under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In a statement released Tuesday at the end of the meeting in Swakopmund, Namibia, Kennedy Chokuda, Zimbabwe’s Clerk of Parliament said that the SADC PF had strongly condemned and called for the “immediate and unconditional removal of these unilateral, illegal and unjustified economic sanctions” imposed by the United States, the European Union and their western allies.
The statement also read:
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Hon. Dennis Namachekecha of Malawi made an impassioned plea for the removal of the sanctions, given that Zimbabwe had turned a new chapter under the new dispensation.
Western states who imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe on the turn of the millennium over alleged human rights abuses during the fast-track land reform are saying that there has not been a significant change in Zimbabwe as far as upholding the constitution and respect for human rights is concerned.
While those states argue that they did not impose sanctions on Zimbabwe but a few individuals and their businesses, United Nations is adamant that there is nothing as targeted sanctions considering that they have an adverse impact on others not listed.
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