Preparations for the Anti-Sanctions Solidarity Day, which will be commemorated on October 25 are at an advanced stage, with several youths in Harare starting to make banners and flyers for the day.
The Herald visited some of the offices were thousands of these banners were being made in the city.
Some of the them were inscribed Africa Says no to sanctions, Free Up Zimbabwe; break the chains, free up Africa, Remove Sanctions against Zimbabwe, Sanctions are an attack on all Zimbabweans, Economic sanctions are destroying our future, Lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and Say no to sanctions, among other messages denouncing these sanctions.
They were being made by a local organisation called Zimbabweans Independent Youths Organisation (ZIYO) led by Mr Posan Chitendere who is the chairman.
“We have come up with ideas for every citizen to join the march against economic restrictions imposed on our beloved country, Zimbabwe as one team,” he said.
He urged youths to come out in numbers during this day. President Mnangagwa on Wednesday commended the country’s citizens for resisting machinations by the country’s detractors to effect regime change through the use of illegal economic sanctions imposed to alienate the people from Zanu PF by the United States and is allies.
The President told the Zanu PF Politburo that sanctions should be immediately be removed as they are illegal, unjustified, and counter-productive.
The call comes after President Mnangagwa this week met with the United Nations special rapporteur, Ms Alena Douhan, who is in the country to assess the impact of unilateral coercive measures on enjoyment of human rights.
She is on a 10-day fact-finding mission whose outcome is expected to give the world a clear picture of the debilitating effects of the illegal sanctions.
The high-profile visit by Ms Douhan follows the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 34/13 of 2017, which stresses that unilateral coercive measures and legislation were contrary to international law, international humanitarian law, the charter and norms and principles governing peaceful relations among states.
President Mnangagwa said the Government will continue calling for the unconditional removal of sanctions which are affecting the general populace.
Zanu PF has also intensified preparations for the Anti-Sanctions Day, which will be commemorated on October 25.
This follows a declaration by SADC member states to unite in the call for the unconditional removal of the unjust economic sanctions that have had a debilitating effect on the country’s economic development.
Addressing the media after the 355th Politburo session, Zanu PF acting Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Mike Bimha said the Politburo had intensified preparations for the Anti-Sanctions Day.
President Mnangagwa will deliver a keynote address that will be broadcast live across all media platforms to mark the SADC Anti-Sanctions Solidarity Day commemoration. This year’s commemorations will run under the theme: “Friend to All, Enemy to None: Forging Ahead and Enhancing Innovation and Productivity in Adversity of Sanctions”.
This is in line with the President’s clarion declaration that “Zimbabwe is a friend to all and an enemy to none”.
Dr Bimha said the Politburo was calling upon party cadres to observe total discipline, unity and peace as the party moved towards the completion of its restructuring exercise.
The party would deal with all forms of indiscipline among party members.