Zimbabwe’s liberation warfighters have said the country has enough resources to grow its economy without getting assistance from the international community.
They speak as the Southern African country and indeed the whole of SADC are gearing up for the anti-sanctions day commemorations slated for 25 October.
The government is pushing for the removal of sanctions which are considered to be among the leading factors choking efforts to transform the fortunes of a once vibrant economy.
Speaking to ZBC News, the chairperson of the War Veterans Association for Bulawayo, Cephas Ncube said as the government works on the re-engagement strategy, locals must tap into local resources to build a sustainable economic base. He said:
While there is dialogue on the removal of sanctions, the full exploitation of natural resources such as minerals, land solar power and water, could actually grow our economy and all that is needed is for us to put our heads together and agree on how we are going to work as a nation to build our country using what we have and this can work well for us.
The issue of sanctions has divided the nation with some, especially in the opposition, saying they should remain intact until Zimbabwe has implemented the much-needed reforms.
Some say the coercive measures should be lifted, “yesterday,” as they have a huge adverse impact on the general populace.
Sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe following the fast track land reform at the turn of the millennium which was characterised by the widespread violation of human rights.
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