Southern African Development Community (SADC) has reaffirmed its solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Zimbabwe and demanded immediate removal of prolonged sanctions imposed on the Republic of Zimbabwe.
On SADC’S annual Anti-Sanctions Day observed every year now on October 25, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of SADC expressed his grave concerns on the continuation of sanctions on some individuals or entities of Zimbabwe and called for the unconditional and immediate lifting of these sanctions.
“The Republic of Zimbabwe, and the SADC Region, are committed to engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, with a view to consolidate the rule of law, democracy, governance and human rights. It is only through such exchanges that better appreciation of concerns of all parties could be secured and progress towards their resolution be achieved”, he said.
“Consistent with the collective global commitment “to leave no one behind” and in practical furtherance of the spirit of multilateralism, SADC calls for the immediate and unconditional removal of all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, for the good of the country and its people, the SADC Region and the global community”, President Chakwera added.
According to the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Australia, year 2021 is the third time the SADC Region, in a show of solidarity, stands together in maintaining its call for the removal of all sanctions and other punitive measures imposed on Zimbabwe.
The solidarity day was observed in Zimbabwe under the theme: “Friends to All, Enemy to none: Forging Ahead and Enhancing Innovation and Productivity in Adversity of Sanctions”. The theme speaks to Zimbabwe’s foreign policy thrust that seeks to engage and re-engage its global partners in the spirit of mutual interests for the benefit of Zimbabwe and the world.
Zimbabwean Embassy in a statement mentioned that cumulative negative effect of 20 years of sanctions on Zimbabwe has been immense including an estimated US$ 21 billion reduction in GDP over 20 years of isolation.
The sanctions negatively impacted all sectors of the Zimbabwean economy and its people in particular the ordinary people who are the most vulnerable. Furthermore, the sanctions have severely undermined Zimbabwe’s progress towards the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Government of Zimbabwe has made sustained and serious effort to introduce deep-rooted and wide-ranging economic, political and legislative reforms aimed at setting the country on a new trajectory towards more fully inclusive, sustained economic growth and development”, embassy statement read adding the objective of which is to further entrench democracy, good governance and rule of law, and to improve the lives and livelihoods of all who have made Zimbabwe their home.
The statement rejected the claims that the sanctions against Zimbabwe are “targeted” at a few individuals and emphasized that the coercive measures continue to have a markedly negative impact beyond the “targeted” few as they have seriously undermined Zimbabwe’s credibility, its national image, curtailed its ability to engage and interact and weakened the ability of Zimbabwean companies, small, medium and large, to trade and transact beyond the country’s borders.
Embassy statement reminded the world that sanctions imposed without the endorsement of the United Nations constitute gross violation of the UN Charter and run against the spirit of multilateralism which we all progressive countries hold sacrosanct.