D-day for sanctions

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THE decision by the MDC Alliance to counter the National Anti- Sanctions March today through their own demonstration is just one of many confirmations that the Western-founded and funded opposition party is an extension of the West’s project to destabilise and destroy Zimbabwe.

When the Western illegal economic sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe by the US and the EU on December 21 2001 and February 18 2002 respectively, they were meant to subdue the ruling ZANU PF through galvanising the masses to turn against the same.

But while progressive Zimbabweans have resolutely fought against those sanctions, through their massive production in the mining and agricultural sectors, the embargo has severely affected the livelihoods of many people in the country.

This has, as expected and as happened during the liberation struggle, prompted Africa to unite and mobilise to fend off those sanctions through what will be a massive outing by Zimbabweans today. 

The unjustified imposition of sanctions is a call for Zimbabwe to pursue all available options, including the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, to take the West to task over the wanton and blatant violation of Zimbabweans’ right.

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights representatives were in the country in August 2019 where they met President Emmerson Mnangagwa who assured the body that Harare would ratify the Protocol that would protect the rights of Africans.

SADC declared October 25 2019 a solidarity day against the widely discredited embargo during the Bloc’s 39th Summit Heads of State and Government that was held on August 18 2019 in Tanzania.

During that historic Summit, the regional bloc also resolved that it would conduct various activities in their various countries to push for the removal of the wretched sanctions.

SADC executive secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax said in a communique that marked the end of that historic gathering that the sanctions were destroying Zimbabwe’s economy while creating a security threat in the region. 

“Summit noted the adverse impact on the economy of Zimbabwe and the region at large of prolonged economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe, and called for the immediate lifting of sanctions to facilitate socio-economic recovery in the country,” said Dr Tax.

“Summit declared October 25 as the date on which SADC member-states can collectively voice their disapproval of the sanctions through various activities and platforms until the sanctions are lifted.”

While SADC and Africa have been mobilising for today’s event, the MDC Aliiance, true to form and playing up to their handlers’ tune, has been frantically trying to stop an idea whose time has come.

The opposition party tried, but with no success, to push for a demonstration yesterday, claiming that they wanted to protest against lack of democracy among other nonsensical issues which have nothing to do with the rampant effects of sanctions.

The sanctions were imposed at the behest of the MDC, which naively thought that the embargo would bring the ZANU PF Government to its knees.

For instance, on March 12 2001, the late MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, told US Senator Russ Feingold “to paint as bleak a picture as possible against Zimbabwe…” 

The MDC’s plan was to isolate Harare.

That, however, did not produce the desired results for the MDC, which has been trounced over and over in elections that have been held in the country since then.

Zimbabwe has an idea

Zimbabwe’s idea is that the people of Zimbabwe must be given a chance to chart their own destiny without the interference of Western powers through sanctions or whatever means.

Zimbabweans must own and control their land and means of production.

The sanctions are designed to scare other progressive nations from embarking on similar empowerment programmes.

Africans must suffer and look up to the West for economic salvation and emancipation so they think!

But Zimbabweans have said no to that and have decided to be in control of their destiny; to map their way forward as an independent people.

But the West wants an impoverished Zimbabwe which they can control and do as they wish.

However, Zimbabweans have refused to bow down to the rapacious West.

Commendably, the continent is backing the country in fighting the Western bullies so used to having their way on the continent that they expect no one to mount resistance.

Zimbabwe is standing its ground and SADC believes in its cause, hence this October 25 2019 Solidarity Day Against Sanctions on Zimbabwe.

For nearly two decades now, Western powers have tried to use sanctions to kill the idea of a sovereign Zimbabwe, the country’s right to empower its people and stand as an equal in the community of nations.

Sanctions have failed to kill that idea. 

It is an idea that Africa is coming alive to.

The sanctions must go!

Zimbabwe is a virus to the ‘world’?

In the present context, Zimbabwe is a ‘virus’, a threat that the US and other Western nations’ foreign policies. 

We are an ‘unusual’ and ‘continuing threat’ to US foreign policy.

Thankfully, SADC has seen this and now the region is saying ‘NO!’ to these destructive Western machinations.

Regime change is the West’s plan on Zimbabwe.

The liberation movement, ZANU PF, must be removed and replaced with a pliant Government that panders to the whims and caprices of a resource-hungry West, so they reason!

We are seen as a threat to the gluttonous interests of the West for a reason.

This is the subject matter of the book, The Regime Change Agenda – Focus on Zimbabwe by Nyaradzo Mtizira.

He is also the author of a very captivating political thriller titled The Chimurenga Protocol, which is rich in Zimbabwean history as it explores the colonial period up to the three Chimurengas.

Mtizira’s The Regime Change Agenda – Focus on Zimbabwe is a continuation of The Chimurenga Protocol.

The book is an analysis and critique of the tactics employed by the West to overthrow democratically elected governments in Africa and across the globe. 

Mtizira writes:

“The MDC has played alternatively devil’s advocate for the Western interests and Trojan Horse for the West to the extent of calling for regime change outside of the well-established constitutional guidelines.”

He shows how the NGOs have been used in the regime change agenda.

“In Zimbabwe, over 2 500 NGOs exist,” writes Mtizira. “A growing number of these NGOs are serving as tactical conduits of the regime change agenda.” 

Let us all gather in our numbers and fight sanctions.

There could not have been a better day like this!

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