ZIMBABWE’s fight with the US and it allies is primarily on the land reform programme and the country has had to pay for the decision to expropriate President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday.
Mnangagwa was speaking at the main anti-sanctions march in the capital attended by a poor crowd at the National Sport Stadium.
Other activities were held across the country and reportedly in other countries in the SADC region following a resolution by the bloc to unanimously call for the removal of the embargo.
“The dispossession of our land was one of the primary grievances which led us to wage the protracted liberation struggle for our country.
“Ours was a fight to reunite the land with its people and the people with their land which promise was fulfilled during the land reform exercise,” said Mnangagwa to rapturous applause fro the largely partisan crowd.
“Sanctions must go. We don’t want them! They should be removed!”
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Angry Western powers, Mnangagwa said reacted by imposing punitive sanctions on the country that he said were a violation of human rights.
“However this had dire consequences and led to the imposition of the illegal and unjustifiable sanctions by the European Union and USA,” the Zanu PF leader said.
Ironically the US and its allies allege the government of Zimbabwe has been guilty of human rights abuses, failure to protect property rights and electoral fraud among other reasons for the decision to impose the measures they argue are targeted at “few individuals.”
Said Mnangagwa: “The unjustified and oppressive illegal sanctions continue to cause untold suffering to the ordinary people of our great country, the direct and indirect debilitating impact have equally been felt by our neighbours.”
At the turn of the century then President Robert Mugabe sponsored the compulsory acquisition of land in what he called was aimed at redressing colonial land imbalances. The result was an orgy of violence on white owned farms that led to several deaths and the destruction of irrigation infrastructure built over decades.
The result has been continued food shortages and a decimation of the country’s agricultural sector on which Zimbabwe had built its economy.
In retaliation the US and the European Union imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his inner circle that are renewed annually.
Mnangagwa said the measures that include the US’s Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) have constrained industry, health, mining and all other sectors of the economy.
“The mining sector has remained constrained due to lack of funding for recapitalisation in the face of continued sanctions regime.
“The sanctions have slowed the rate of implementation of capital projects in the energy sector resulting in curtailed and u reliable power infrastructure, insecure power cuts and uncompetitive industrial sector,” said the President.
Zimbabwe has also struggled with fuel supplies and this Mnangagwa said was attributable to the sanctions.
“Oil importers now have to operate on upfront payment as credit facilities have since stopped resulting in erratic power supply.
“The bottom line has been the erratic supply of some basic products and the reduced quality of life of most of our people,” he added.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy providing employment and income to our population and also supplying raw materials for our manufacturing sector.”