Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu PF has blamed the main opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and his subordinates, Tendai Biti and David Coltart of inviting sanctions on the country.
Speaking to the media after the Zanu PF Politburo meeting held at party headquarters in Harare, acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said Chamisa, Biti and Coltart should apologize for inviting sanctions on Zimbabwe.
“They (MDC) were complicit in asking for the imposition of sanctions. They were complicit in opposing the land redistribution program. They have been complicit in asking for their continuation as a punitive measure.
“But we do have members of MDC who have repented. Who has basically said we were wrong. We opposed the empowerment of our people. I think that in this regard, madam Khupe basically is now singing a different song on the issue of sanctions. She is now calling along with us for the unconditional removal of sanctions.
“But you get to worry, your Chamisa, Biti and Coltart, they remain unrepentant. And what we are saying is, it’s never too late to say to the people of Zimbabwe they have caused so much suffering, to say we are sorry, we should have never have asked for those sanctions. That alone will be a very therapeutic statement,” Chinamasa said.
This publication understands that the other reason why sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe was to pressure the Zanu PF administration to end human rights abuses.
When President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed power through a military coup that ousted late former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017, he promised economic recovery based on respect for human rights, reengagement with the international community, and subsequent removal of sanctions.
Three years down the line, his regime is being rebuked by other countries for orchestrating arrests, torture, and abductions of the dissent.