An Anti-sanctions virtual gala will be held on the 25th of October 2020 to commemorate this year’s anti-sanctions day, The Sunday Mail reports.
This was revealed by the Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana who in an interview with the publication spoke about the upcoming anti-sanctions day and detailed the activities of the day. Said Mangwana:
Government has arranged an array of activities to commemorate the October 25 Anti-Sanctions Day.
- President Mnangagwa will deliver his national anti-sanctions address, giving guidance and direction to the nation on how to forge ahead against the disruptive illegal sanctions.
- There is also an Anti-Sanctions virtual gala that will be held in a provincial town away from Harare. This is in line with President Mnangagwa’s policy of devolution and decentralising Government events and programmes away from the capital, Harare.
- The activities include engaging media partners to produce documentaries; hold debates; interviews; generate articles and develop stories that promote discourse on the anti-sanctions drive.
- Further, the activities include erecting billboards and promoting other activities that create a hype around the important Day and also send a clear message to those who imposed the sanctions and their local surrogates that the time is nigh for them to remove the illegal measures.
- We are going to deploy outreach vans to all the provinces to sensitise people about the anti-sanctions drive.
- We will reach out to regional SADC partners and the international community to join Zimbabwe in condemning the heinous sanctions.
We want to demonstrate that Government is doing a lot to circumvent the illegal sanctions and develop the country using locally mobilised resources. It is time to prove to Zimbabwe’s detractors that we can do it on our own as their unrelenting kicks will spur us forward.
Mangwana said there will be no march to commemorate the anti-sanctions day because of the ongoing pandemic. Meanwhile, Julian Braithwaite, the UK Ambassador to The UN said there has to be meaningful reforms that include an independent judiciary first for the UK to cooperate with Zimbabwe. Braithwaite’s sentiments were also reiterated by the new USAID country director Mr. Art Brown.
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