US hypocrisy: Illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe and their devastating impact

Innocent Mujeri

Herald Correspondent

The US often claims that Zimbabwe is not under sanctions, insisting that measures are targeted only at a select few individuals and entities.

According to this narrative, only 11 individuals and three entities are under US sanctions, ostensibly for their role in undermining democratic processes or facilitating corruption.

However, this assertion is not only misleading but dangerously simplistic.

The individuals and entities under sanctions represent the key pillars of Zimbabwe’s political and economic framework, effectively crippling the entire nation.

The impact of these sanctions is tantamount to economic warfare, with devastating consequences that can be likened to genocide and terrorism.

It is imperative that these illegal sanctions are lifted immediately.

To understand the true impact of these sanctions, it is crucial to recognise who the targeted individuals and entities are.

The 11 individuals include top Government officials, influential business leaders, and key political figures, all of whom play pivotal roles in the country’s governance and economy.

The three entities include the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), which is instrumental in the country’s mining sector — a critical component of Zimbabwe’s economy.

By targeting these figures and entities, the US is not merely sanctioning a few bad actors; it is effectively sanctioning the entire nation.

The sanctions have led to the isolation of Zimbabwe from international financial systems, restricted access to credit and foreign investment and this has exacerbated the country’s economic challenges.

The impact is widespread, affecting every sector, from healthcare to education resulting in untold suffering for the ordinary Zimbabwean.

The justification for these sanctions is highly questionable.

The US claims these measures are in place to promote democracy and combat corruption.

However, many of the sanctioned individuals have not been provided with due process or concrete evidence of their alleged wrongdoings.

This lack of transparency and accountability raises serious ethical and legal concerns.

It appears that the real motive behind the sanctions is not to promote democratic values but to exert political pressure and effect regime change.

Sanctions, regardless of their stated targets, have a ripple effect that permeates the entire society.

In Zimbabwe, the sanctions have led to a severe economic decline, characterised by hyperinflation, unemployment and a collapse of public services.

The healthcare system has been severely affected as the sector is unable to procure essential medicines and equipment.

Education is in crisis, with schools lacking basic supplies and teachers struggling to make ends meet.

The suffering inflicted by these sanctions can be equated to acts of terrorism and genocide. Terrorism aims to create fear and disrupt societies, much like the economic sanctions that have created an atmosphere of despair and instability in Zimbabwe.

Genocide, in its intent to destroy a group, parallels the systematic destruction of Zimbabwe’s social and economic fabric.

The sanctions against Zimbabwe are not justifiable under any pretext and should be removed immediately.

The continued imposition of these measures is not only illegal but morally reprehensible.

The international community must recognise the hypocrisy of the US stance and call for an end to these punitive measures that have no basis in justice or international law.

The US has consistently tried to downplay the impact of its sanctions on Zimbabwe, misleading both Zimbabweans and the international community.

This deception is an attempt to mask the true nature of its foreign policy, which uses economic sanctions as a tool for regime change.

By undermining Zimbabwe’s economy, the US aims to weaken the Government and instigate political instability.

This strategy, however, is deeply flawed and ethically indefensible.

The sanctions have made it nearly impossible for the country to access international assistance and loans, which are crucial for economic recovery and development.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the devastating impact of sanctions, as Zimbabwe has struggled to procure vaccines and medical supplies due to financial restrictions.

The economic constraints imposed by sanctions have led to increased poverty.

Sanctions are often used as a tool for regime change, with the aim of destabilising Governments and forcing political concessions.

In Zimbabwe, this tactic has not only failed to achieve its intended outcome but has also inflicted immense suffering on the population.

The sanctions have not led to political reform or improved governance; instead, they have entrenched poverty and stifled economic growth.

The US must stop its hypocritical stance on sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The narrative that only a few individuals and entities are targeted is misleading and fails to capture the broad and devastating impact on the entire nation.

Sanctions are a form of economic terrorism, inflicting widespread suffering and destabilising the country.

There is no justification for these measures which should be removed in totality.

The international community must hold the US accountable for its actions and support Zimbabwe in its quest for economic recovery and development.

The removal of sanctions is not just a political necessity, but a moral obligation.

Zimbabweans have suffered long enough under the weight of these punitive measures. It is time for the world to stand in solidarity with Zimbabwe and demand an end to the illegal and inhumane sanctions.

Only then can the country rebuild and chart a path towards a prosperous and stable future.

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