Church leaders condemn illegal sanctions on Zim

By Memory Chamisa

Church leaders also joined the nation in calling for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and its allies to ease the burden on ordinary citizens.

The various church leaders and organisations under the Churches Zimbabwe Sanctions Relief Initiative Prayer met in Harare with hope to act as a broker and guide the nation to recovery.

Zimbabwe Indigenous Council of Churches Chairperson, Reverend Andrew Wutawunashe the religious organisation’s patron, Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi spoke on the role of the church in the anti-sanctions drive.

“It is not the duty of the Government only to advocate for the removal of sanctions, but all of us,” he said.

ZCC Bishop and ZICC Patron Nehemiah Mutendi urged all church organisations must unite in the fight against sanctions.

Speaker after speaker emphasised the need for Zimbabweansto unite and pray for the removal of sanctions, which have impacted negatively on various sectors.

“Sanctions have impacted the industry closure of vibrant companies has seen unemployment for generations,” said Dr Tinashe Manzungu, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce President.

Zimbabwe has been under economic sanctions for the past two decades but the Government has come up with a raft of measures and policies to cushion the citizenry against the impact of the illegal embargo while the SADC region has amplified the anti-sanctions campaign by declaring the 25th of October as Anti-Sanctions Day.

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