Africa stands in solidarity with Zimbabwe against sanctions

By ZBC Reporter

Today the 25th of October, leaders and ordinary citizens across the globe once again demonstrated a historic show of unity by sending solidarity messages, calling for the unconditional and immediate removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

In his SADC anti-sanctions day speech, President Emmerson Mnangagwa paid homage to Zimbabweans who have continued to suffer because of the illegal embargo but have nonetheless continued to make huge sacrifices to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

“Surviving under the baneful shadow of sanctions has not been easy for us. It equally refocuses us to gird our strength and draw from our national endowments to develop our country and improve the plight of the citizenry, in spite of the apparent odds against us. Our people have borne the brunt of these illegal sanctions. They continue to make huge sacrifices for our sovereignty and territorial integrity. I applaud their resilience, courage, fortitude, and unflinching determination in enduring the impacts of the illegal sanctions. As a nation, let us never doubt the certainty of our victory over these illegal inhumane embargoes. We must continue to increase production and productivity across all sectors of the economy.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new normal that requires social distancing and prohibition of huge gatherings.

Despite the COVID-19 induced restrictions, President Emmerson Mnangagwa led the commemorations by delivering a speech to mark this historic day.

As the saying goes, ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ African leaders have used various fora to demonstrate unity and their tenacity in calling for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

In her address to SADC citizens and the world at large ahead of the regional bloc’s second Anti-Sanctions Day, SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, said the region was being weighed down by the economic embargo placed on Zimbabwe by the West as punishment for the land reform programme.

The Islamic Republic of Iran through their Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe following SADC’s declaration of October 25 as the SADC Anti-Sanctions Day to oppose sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The Iranian government equated the sanctions to economic terrorism, saying the embargo puts pressure on ordinary Zimbabweans.

This year’s commemorations were held under the theme: ‘Resilience, Progress and Solidarity under an environment of sanctions.’

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