Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement policy is bearing fruit for the nation as evidenced by the ringing endorsement of SADC Anti-Sanctions Day, Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister Dr Subisiso Moyo has said.
Anti-Sanctions Day, as declared by all leaders of Southern Africa last year, will be marked annually on October 25 until the illegal Western economic embargo on Zimbabwe is lifted.
Ahead of Anti-Sanctions Day 2020, Dr Moyo issued a statement saying, “Perhaps the most evident measure of success in this regard has been SADC’s very clearly articulated solidarity with Zimbabwe in its call for the immediate removal of all sanctions and other punitive measures still imposed on our country: and the naming of 25 October each year as Anti-Sanctions Day.”
Dr Moyo pointed out that it was not only SADC, but also the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Africa-Caribbean Pacific group of nations that were also unanimously calling for an end to the illegal sanctions.
United Nations Secretary-General Dr Antonio Guterres and the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, have also demanded that the sanctions be unconditionally lifted.
The United States and European Union unilaterally imposed the sanctions outside the UN system, and the embargo has resulted in losses amounting to more than US$40 billion to Zimbabwe’s economy over the past 18 years.