Harare — Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest US sanctions it says are hurting its economy, and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival.
According to the acting information minister Amon Murwira, the Anti-Sanctions Day will be commemorated on October 25, giving the country a chance to “further amplify the importance of this day to the economic emancipation and well-being of Zimbabwe.”
Africa Tembelea has learnt that as part of the days activities, a soccer march between Zimbabwe’s two biggest teams will be held in the capital Harare. This will be followed by an all-night concert.
– Zim Sanctions –
Zimbabwe government says that sanctions are responsible for the economic crisis the country is facing but it’s critics blames massive corruption which they say are real sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe. The United States government denies that it has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe but certain individuals and entities which they accused of undermining democracy and gross violation of human rights.
United States of America enacted ZIDERA in 2001 following violent 2000 elections and also the land reform in which Zanu PF activists invaded white owned farms.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took office after longtime leader Robert Mugabe was forced out in late 2017, at first urged the country to “stop mourning” about the sanctions. But he has since turned them into a rallying cry like his predecessor and blamed them for the collapsing economy as hopes fade that he will revive the country’s fortunes.
In an attempt to have the sanctions removed, Zimbabwe tried to get regional countries to help them. On 22 January 2019, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa said lifting sanctions against the country was the best way for the world to ease the crisis it was in.
During an appearance at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Ramaphosa stated:
“It is no longer necessary to have sanctions against Zimbabwe right now, because they have embarked on democracy and a path of real recovery and we will help them best by lifting those sanctions.”