UN special envoy visit emboldens Broad Alliance Against Sanctions

by | Oct 19, 2021 | Politics | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

The Broad Alliance Against Sanctions (BAAS), a group of patriotic Zimbabweans who have been camped outside the United States Embassy in Westgate, for 932 days has vowed to stay on until the sanctions are lifted.

BAAS co-founder and spokesperson Sally Ngoni said their message to the world is that they want sanctions removed unconditionally.

“We want Zimbabwe’s Economy to be freed. Sanctions are affecting the ordinary citizen as Government is unable to support the basic needs that we depend on Government to deliver.

We attained our independence 41 years ago and we expect development and freedom. What The Americans should know is that as an Independent nation we are entitled to enjoy our sovereignty without them interfering with internal issues,” said Ngoni.

Ms Ngoni made reference to the question of democracy and rule of law saying the world over, including in the USA there has been issues on Democracy but never has America been put under sanctions for her violations of democracy and human rights.

Among them was LEAD Zimbabwe president, Linda Masarira who joined BAAS in the call for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

The organisations have camped outside the new American Embassy building since 2019 and through the rains and blistering sun they have stayed there in protest against Illegal Sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

Sally Ngoni who holds Honours Degree in Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies and a Diploma in Environmental Health says even if it takes decades they will remain there until the sanctions are removed unconditionally.

UN Special Rapporteur on Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights, Alena Douhan, met with President Mnangagwa, this morning at State House.

Ms Douhan is in the country on a 10-day diplomatic visit where she is scheduled to meet various stakeholders that include Government officials, civil society organisations the private sector and opposition political parties.

The visit will be followed by a public report that Ms Douhan will present on her visit to the United Nations Human Rights Council during its 51st Session in September 2022.

This is the first time since the illegal sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe in 2001 that the UN has officially sent its senior official to assess the impact that the sanctions have had on the nation.


For more than two decades, the devastating effects of the illegal sanctions are now more than glaring for anyone to see.

Undisputedly, sanctions have proven to and continue to play a significant role in the socio-economic status and poverty levels in the country, which now demand an urgent attention divergent approach to the policy.

Socio-economic Impact of the sanctions have affected Women, children and other vulnerable groups the most, as many are dependent on active economic players.

Effects can be seen in the Zimbabwean economy through the decline in access to credit lines and Balance of Payment Support.

This has triggered Arrears that have in turn led to Penalties and a sustained decline in Long-Term Capital.

The Financial Sector has suffered the most with International Financial Transactions, Diaspora Remittances, Investment and Growth beginning to dwindle.

Mainstay anchors of the economy such as Agriculture, Mining sector Manufacturing Industry and Tourism have been dealt heavy blows as well under these sanctions.

Their success to date, is seen as a story of resilience.

Human health, Water, and Sanitation, Transport, Energy infrastructure has dilapidated over the last two decades, all thanks to illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by United States of America and her allies