Sanctions are a crime against humanity: renowned philosopher Joshua Maponga

By Regis Mhako

POLITICAL parties and individuals who have been calling for sanctions against the country must take the liability of the challenges bedevilling the nation.

This came out during a ZANU PF strategic training workshop on by elections in Chinhoyi this Friday.

Following a successful launch of the ZANU PF Mashonaland West Province 26 March by-elections campaign last Sunday by Women’ League national commissar, Cde Omega Hungwe, the province has set the ball rolling with a strategic training workshop designed to equip members with communication and motivational skills among other tools.

“We are gathered here as leader with aim of acquiring knowledge from experts. We learn something new every day. We must move with the times. Let us go and apply what we have learnt. Voters now want reasons – it’s now an action based-campaign,” ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, Cde Mary Mliswa said.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the training workshop, renowned philosopher Joshua Maponga said political parties and their heads, who have been calling for sanctions, should be brought before the courts and answer to charges of what he called ‘economic terrorism’.

“If sanctions are a crime against humanity and sanctions have been declared by the United Nations as a crime against humanity, it means those who are promoting sanctions are committing a crime against humanity. If through the crime, the sanctions, medicines will not be allowed into the country, it means that all the people who died from lack of medicines… people who are campaigning for the sanctions must take liability,” Maponga said.

Participants described the training session as well-equipping ahead of the 26 March by-elections.

A participant at the workshop said: “The workshop helped us a lot. Firstly, we have gained confidence and also as ruling party when we do our things we should do them with authority. I see the party winning resoundingly.”

“The workshop has helpful, especially to us the youths. It simply reflects the seriousness the party is taking the by-elections. Everyone is now aware of the President’s vision and we are ready to take it to the people and win the elections,” another participant noted.

12 of the 17 local government seats vacant in Mashonaland West Province are urban wards.