‘Anti-Sanctions Day a re-engagement product’ Dr Jenfan Muswere

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter

The declaration of October 25 by Sadc as the Anti-Sanctions Day is a product of President Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement policy, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dr Jenfan Muswere, has said.

Dr Muswere said this in an article published by our sister paper, The Sunday Mail, yesterday.

The Sadc Anti-Sanctions Day, meant to call for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West, was adopted by Sadc at its 39th Summit at the recommendation of the late President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli.

“In so doing, the Sadc evoked its founding regional solidarity thrust. The day reaffirms Zimbabwe’s commitment to the cardinal principles of regional multilateralism and its unflinching bona fide status. This explains why our country will be host of the next Sadc Assembly,” said Dr Muswere.

“The Sadc October 25 declaration was a seminal Afrocentric outgrowth of His Excellency President Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement policy. At the time, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) had been motioned to existence.

“Not only was the declaration of October 25 tied down to the ideological imperatives of the region, but its pragmatic merit is premised on the fact that Zimbabwe’s geospatial advantage makes it a strategic trade corridor for the region. Such is the magnitude of the importance Zimbabwe carries in the SADC. It was on this basis that SADC’s Secretariat advocated the anti-sanctions agenda to be tabled for discussion during the 74th UN General Assembly held in September 2019.”

Dr Muswere explained that the unprecedented move by Sadc repositioned Africa to collectively speak out against the asymmetrical order of the international arena led by the West.

And when Zimbabweans take to the streets to condemn the economic haemorrhaging effects of sanctions on Wednesday, he said, the world would be reminded that the citizens’ sovereign dignity must be upheld within the community of nations.

“Sadc’s anti-sanctions’ affirmative position, to be commemorated on the 25th, registers the extent to which the region abhors the dehumanising effects of the illegal sanctions and the unbearable living conditions they have created for our people,” he said.

The day compels the imperialists’ conscience to rethink its anti-land reform and vengeful regime change politics and at the same time, calls on patriotic Zimbabweans to use all media platforms to condemn sanctions and the menace they have imposed on the economy.

The declaration by President Mnangagwa that “Zimbabwe is open for business”, asserts how the country was open for international capital while the engagement and re-engagement agenda has also demonstrated how much the President’s vision is connected to globalism.

Dr Muswere added that the United States’ sanctions law, the Zimbabwe Economic and Democracy Recovery Act (ZDERA), ceased to be a Zimbabwean targeted piece of legislation when Sadc made its open and collective disregard of its terms in 2019.

“ZDERA’s colonial nostalgic imposing dictates to our national sovereignty stands condemned. Its decimation intentions to our education, sport, tourism, health, industry and other sectors, must be made known to all. This unlawful American law’s false claims of Zimbabwe’s human rights crisis, good governance poverty and democracy deficits embarrassingly stands challenged by the reforms the Second Republic has invested in various structures of statecraft.”

“A gamut of constitutional commissions are in place to protect various human liberties, fight corruption, govern elections, promote fair labour relations, and accelerate national peace and reconciliation.

“With a wide range of policy reforms in our politics and socio-economic stratum, the makers of the illegal sanctions misrepresented the reason for their imposition. It is increasingly apparent that Zimbabwe is being merely punished for the land reform.

“Beyond that, the illegal sanctions are the backbone of the regime change agenda in Zimbabwe. This explains the excesses of propaganda funding to discredit our electoral processes,” Dr Muswere said.

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