UN Special Rapporteur meets govt officials

By Bruce Chahwanda

Political Editor

SOON after meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the first day of her mission in Zimbabwe this Monday, visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur, Dr Alena Douhan has hit the ground running, holding several meetings with key stakeholders.

Dr Douhan’s second engagement took her to the New Government Complex where she met the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi and his team.

The one-hour-long meeting behind closed doors saw officials from the ministry giving an overview of the impact of sanctions on the country’s economy.

“As you know they are on a fact-finding mission on the negative impact of sanctions on the country’s citizens, so we presented those effects to them,” said Minister Ziyambi.

Honourable Ziyambi also noted that they presented the legislative stance government took to reduce the impact of sanctions on the country’s economy.

“We have presented to them what we have crafted in terms of the legislature to make sure that our people are protected against illegal economic sanctions,” he said.

Zimbabwe has been under the illegal embargo for the past two decades and the visit by the UN Special Rapporteur confirms that the world body recognises the negative impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The first day also saw the rapporteur meeting Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Fredrick Shava and members of the civil society.

The UN Special Rapporteur will meet other stakeholders across the country with a meeting scheduled for the country’s second-largest city of Bulawayo this Friday.

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