President Emmerson Mnangagwa has bizarrely claimed that targeted sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the Western governments are meant to topple his under-fire government from power.
The Zimbabwean government on Sunday, in collaboration with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) held a foiled march demanding the lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the European Union (EU) and the United States (US).
Despite heavily funding it, the March did not yield any good results because the EU and the US remained adamant that Mnangagwa’s administration needed to institute real reforms compounded by the respect of human rights and fighting corruption.
In his speech on Sunday, Mnangagwa claimed that the US and EU had imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in order to push for a regime change.
“Sanctions are without a doubt a form of aggression and a tool of regime change. Coupled with vicious cyber-attacks and hostile propaganda calculated to divide Zimbabwe, sanctions undermine our peace, unity, and national cohesion.
“The cyberattacks on my country are built on gross falsehoods and non-existent narratives of a nation in crisis. I would like to once again reiterate that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe.
“We are a peaceful nation, on the path of implementing robust reforms across all socio-economic and political spheres, to entrench constitutionalism. Our focus is on improving the quality of life of our people and leap-frogging our national development,” the Zanu PF leader said.
However, the US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian Nichols last week said Mnangagwa’s anti-sanctions events were meant to distract the people of Zimbabwe from the real causes of the problems in this country.
“I think if the government of Zimbabwe put the energy that they put into organizing these types of events and generating statements from other SADC members into pursuing the reform agenda the better.
“The government of Zimbabwe campaigned and talked about reform three years ago in November 2017 and 2018 at the inauguration of President Mnangagwa. If they have events on the reform agenda and the conditions, the restrictive measures that the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, and others have imposed would be met.
“I think this is a hollow exercise in that it does not solve the interests of the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
The EU said reforms were needed to address issues of transparency and accountability.
“Investors make decisions based on risks. Reforms are needed in Zimbabwe to address transparency and accountability, to fight corruption, to ensure the protection of investments and improve good governance; none of which are affected by EU restrictive measures,” EU said.
Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance in a statement said corruption, mismanagement of state funds, and gross human rights abuses by Zanu PF’s under-fire administration, are responsible for the economic hardships in Zimbabwe.
“At the center of this crisis is an extremely corrupt, extractive, clientelist, predatory, and fascist administration. Zimbabwe is paying a huge crisis cost through the shrinking democratic space, escalating human rights violations, a comatose economy, an acute humanitarian situation, and deplorable social conditions,” MDC Alliance Secretary for International Relations Gladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo said in a statement on Sunday.