UN Special Envoy expected this Monday

By ZBC Reporter

UN Special Rapporteur Ms Alena Douhan is expected in the country this Monday for a ten day visit to assess the impact of illegal economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the US and its Western Allies.

The ten-day visit by the UN Special Rapporteur Ms Alena Douhan will see her engaging various stakeholders from government to  civil society with the focus on the impact of illegal economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the US and its western allies.

The working visit will stretch into the anti-sanctions day, which was set aside by the SADC region to call for the unconditional lifting of the economic embargo.

The Special Rapporteur will present a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council during its 51st Session in September next year.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana confirmed the visit on his Twitter handle.

Ms Elena Dohan, the UN Special Envoy for Human Rights will be in the country from tomorrow to assess the impact of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe. There is no question on the deleterious impact of Sanctions on this country. Let’s all speak with one voice on #ZimSanctionsMustGo,” Mr Mangwana said, he wrote.

The illegal sanctions have been in existence for nearly two decades and the country has lost over 42 billion US dollars.

In spite of the losses government came up with sanctions busting measures which have seen the economic development thrust taking shape.

The illegal economic sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe after the implementation of the land reform programme meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.