The Zimbabwean government has said it is building the country despite the presence of sanctions imposed on the Southern African country by Western powers on the turn of the millennium.
These remarks were said by Nick Mangwana the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services as the country gears up for 25 October, the anti-sanctions day as declared by SADC.
Posting on Twitter this Monday, Mangwana said:
This year’s Anti-Sanctions theme is: RESILIENCE & SOLIDARITY IN A SANCTIONS ENVIRONMENT. -We are building this country – In spite of Sanctions. -We will achieve # – In spite of Sanctions. -We will meet citizens’ aspirations- In Spite of Sanctions #
Western states imposed the coercive measures on Zimbabwe following the controversial fast track land reform programme that was marred by widespread human rights violations.
Although the sanctions are allegedly “targeted on a few individuals” in the ruling ZANU PF and the army as well as companies they own, the Zimbabwean government and other observers claim that the measures have a spillover effect on the general populace.
Recently, law expert and leader of opposition National Constitutional Assembly, Professor Lovemore Madhuku said sanctions were not appropriate as a corrective measure.
This is happening when the ruling ZANU PF has over the years attributed the economic, humanitarian and political crises to sanctions imposed on the country.
Some say bad governance by the governing party is the leading factor in the demise of the once vibrant economy.
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