Preparations for SADC Anti-Sanctions Day underway
Brian Rungano Temba
Cabinet yesterday confirmed that there will be commemorations of SADC’s Anti-Sanctions Day.
Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Hon. Dr. Jenfen Muswere told the press during the Post Cabinet Briefing that this year’s commemorations will be focused on the youth.
“The nation is being informed that the SADC Anti-Sanctions Day will be held on 25 October 2023 under the theme Harnessing the Youth for Accelerated Socio-Economic Development in the Fight Against Sanctions,” said Hon Dr Muswere.
Hon Dr Muswere said the theme recognizes the youth’s resilience, courage, fortitude and unflinching determination in the face of illegal sanctions. The youth have heeded His Excellency the President’s clarion call that “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo,ilizwe lakhiwa ngabanikhazi balo” and are playing a significant role in the development of the country.
“His Excellency the President will deliver a televised keynote address to mark the Anti-Sanctions Day.
The address will be distributed on all social media platforms, targeting the youth to enhance awareness of the negative impact of sanctions.
“There will also be short and brief anti-sanctions marches within school premises and around work-stations for Government workers. An Anti-Sanctions Musical Show will also be held,” said Hon Dr Muswere.
In 2019, SADC Heads of State and Government set aside October 25 as Anti-Sanctions Day to protest against the imposition of illegal sanctions by the United States and its Western allies that include Britain and the European Union.
SADC remains resolute on the mandate of having illegal sanctions that cripple partner states removed as witnessed by the speeches by African President’s at the recent UNGA 78.