Headline Anti-Sanctions commemorations set for Tanzania

by | Sep 24, 2021 | International | 0 comments

 

 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will headline this year’s SADC Anti-Sanctions Day commemorations to be held on October 25th 2021 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The main event will be broadcast live across all media platforms in the SADC region and across the world.

 

 

This 39th SADC meeting will give direction on how the country should forge ahead against the illegal sanctions imposed by the West.

 

October 25 was set aside by SADC Heads of State in 2019 as a day for the region to show solidarity with Zimbabwe against the illegal economic embargo.

 

This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme: “Friend to All, Enemy to none: Forging Ahead and Enhancing Innovation and Productivity in Adversity of Sanctions”.

The theme is in line with President Mnangagwa’s clarion declaration that “Zimbabwe is a friend to all and an enemy to none.”

 

Speaking during the Post Cabinet briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said that the negative impact of the sanctions on ordinary Zimbabweans will be highlighted through testimonies from affected businesses and other population groups, including women, the youth and vulnerable groups across all socio-economic sectors.

 

“The programmes will be broadcast on all media platforms throughout the month of October, climaxing on 25 October, 2021. The activities will also include engagements of the Diaspora, diplomatic corps and SADC missions. Media briefings, interviews and webinars by Zimbabwean Ambassadors in their areas of accreditation will be conducted, while statements on the sanctions situation will be delivered during bilateral and multilateral meetings.” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

 

“Buoyed by this solidarity towards Zimbabwe’s cause, Cabinet calls upon all Zimbabweans to play their part in highlighting our plight, given that our friends are in full support of our initiatives towards self-emancipation and attainment of our set Vision 2030. Zimbabwe remains committed to engage and re-engage in its relations with the international community.”

 

In response to Zimbabwe’s historic land reform program, the US in 2001, slapped the country with comprehensive economic sanctions through ZIDERA and subsequent US Executive Orders which among other things dissuaded US companies from trading with Zimbabwe, while empowering the US Office Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to intercept and confiscate all US Dollar based proceeds of international trade in favour of Zimbabwe.

 

The sanctions have had a devastating effect on lives of ordinary Zimbabweans who struggle daily to access basic medical care and general life difficulties emanating from the country’s negative balance of payment position.