President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that Zimbabwe could have done better in terms of development and fighting the coronavirus pandemic had the Western powers not imposed economic sanctions on the country two decades ago.
He made the remarks on Friday during a video conference with seven other Heads of State and Governments in the SADC region to share information and experiences on the Covid-19 pandemic and explore ways to prepare for the aftermath of the disease.
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The United States and other Western states including the United Kingdom and the European Union imposed sanctions on the country on the turn of the millennium for ‘gross violation of human rights.’
Critics of President Mnangagwa’s administration, however, say that sanctions have an insignificant adverse impact on the country compared to maladministration by the ruling ZANU PF.
Mnangagwa speaks when the emergence of the novel coronavirus has further exposed and worsened the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis that manifests through acute shortages of mealie-meal, medicines, fuel and other basic commodities.
A few weeks ago, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance, Professor Mthuli Ncube, made a heartfelt plea to the International Monetary Fund to assist the country with money which he said would be used to fight the virus.
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