Thursday, December 2, 2021

Zimbabweans split over western sanctions

Pro-government Zimbabweans say sanctions imposed in 2003 and earlier by some Western countries, including the United States, over electoral fraud and human rights violations, are undermining the country’s economic recovery. Sanctions are divisive among Zimbabweans. The UN Special Rapporteur assesses the impact of the sanctions.

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Vengesai Imbayago, 38, is one of those who camped outside the US Embassy in Harare during protests that lasted nearly three years. He says he wants US officials to take action now.

The protests at the US Embassy in Harare have been going on for almost three years. (Columbus Mawhunga / VOA)

Imbayago says the protesters’ goal is to leave the site near the US embassy where they set up camp when the United States lifts the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. According to him, the sanctions have aggravated the country’s relations with other countries of the world.

Zimbabwe’s Labor, Economists and African Democrats, an opposition political party, was one of the organizations that initially supported sanctions targeting specific individuals and organizations linked to violations. But now its leader, Linda Tsungirirai Masarira, says the sanctions are damaging ordinary Zimbabweans and should be lifted.

Linda Tsungirirai Masarira, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Labor, Economists and African Democrats, says the sanctions hurt ordinary Zimbabweans and should be lifted on October 25, 2021 (Columbus Mavhunga / VOA)

Linda Tsungirirai Masarira, leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Labor, Economists and African Democrats, says the sanctions hurt ordinary Zimbabweans and should be lifted on October 25, 2021 (Columbus Mavhunga / VOA)

“If indeed these sanctions were targeted, they did not achieve the goal. Because 83 people they [the West] brag that they are on the sanctions list, lead a luxurious lifestyle, she said. “They send their children to diaspora schools, they go to hospitals anywhere in the world. They have private jets; these sanctions will not affect them in any way. ”

But not all Zimbabweans agree. One of them is an opposition activist Pride Mkono.

“The issue of sanctions has become topical this week as the government is calling for their lifting,” says Mkono. “But the reasons for the sanctions are still in place, including violence, electoral fraud, corruption and misuse of resources.” Mkono argues that as long as the reasons remain in place, the sanctions cannot be lifted, and those on the sanctions list should not travel to the West.

The United States, Britain and the European Union said in statements this week that Zimbabwe’s economy is suffering not from sanctions, but from corruption and mismanagement of the country’s resources.

Bishop Eric Ruvona says it is time for the sanctions to be lifted, but wants the issues that led to these sanctions to be resolved on October 25, 2021 (Columbus Mavhunga / VOA)

Bishop Eric Ruvona says it is time for the sanctions to be lifted, but wants the issues that led to these sanctions to be resolved on October 25, 2021 (Columbus Mavhunga / VOA)

However, Bishop Eric Ruwona, vice president of the Council of Churches of Zimbabwe, the country’s religious coalition, says it is time to lift the sanctions.

“But we also say that it is necessary to solve the problems that led to the imposition of these sanctions. All questions relate to human rights, our economy, our humanitarian situation, ”he said.

Alena Dusan, UN Special Rapporteur, spent two weeks in Zimbabwe assessing the impact of the sanctions.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has spearheaded calls for protests, arguing that Zimbabwe is being punished for the land reform program under the late President Robert Mugabe that ousted white commercial farmers.

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