MDC will not campaign for sanction removal for now

MDC will not campaign for sanction removal for now
Published: 18 March 2019 (104 Views)
THE Nelson Chamisa-led opposition MDC has admitted that Western economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe were hurting ordinary people, but would only campaign for their removal once President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implemented the required reforms.

Party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, who is tipped to challenge Chamisa for the presidency at the party's forthcoming elective congress in May, disclosed in a recent social media debate that he too, was keen on having the sanctions removed urgently.

"Denouncing sanctions does not lead to their removal; what leads to the removal of sanctions is for Zanu-PF to do those things that the people who imposed sanctions said they should do. They must stop those things that they were told to stop. They must stop killing their own people; they must stop shooting unarmed civilians using live ammunition," he said.

Mnangagwa has upped the campaign for the lifting of the travel and trade embargoes, saying they were inhibiting his government's efforts to implement its economic turnaround strategies.

But Mwonzora insisted that sanctions would only be lifted after government stopped human rights violations.

"I do agree the sanctions are hurting the ordinary person and as MDC we are ready to play our part to make sure that these sanctions, together with the brutality that brought the sanctions into place in the first place, are removed," Mwonzora said.

The MDC and Zanu-PF have accused each other of inviting the sanctions on Zimbabwe.

"Sanctions are never a good thing for any country. They inevitably affect the poor and the down-trodden. They also hurt the government. But who was responsible for these sanctions? The people who are responsible for these sanctions are people who killed Zimbabweans in cold blood in 2008. It is the people who detained without trial Zimbabwean citizens; it is the people who threw away the rule of law; it is the people who abandoned constitutionalism, so they have to right their wrongs so that the people of Zimbabwe live in peace and prosperity," Mwonzora said.

"We are for the engagement of Zimbabwe into the international community, but all of us have a role to play first, but principally, Zanu-PF has a big role to play. They must stop human rights abuses, shooting of civilians by government must stop; harassment of civilians by the State must stop."

- newsday

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