Botswana calls for sanctions to be lifted

The herald

Farirai Machivenyika-Senior reporter

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday reiterated his calls for the lifting of illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe during a speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly currently underway in New York.

This precedes Zimbabwe’s anti-sanctions day which will be commemorated on October 25 and follows similar calls made by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday.

He also said that the Covid-19 pandemic had devastated the economies of most developing countries and posed a threat to the goals set in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

“The sanctions against Zimbabwe are a setback for stability in our region. Botswana therefore calls on the international community to end the sanctions against Zimbabwe, ”President Masisi said.

He also said that the Islamic insurgency in Mozambique was also a threat to regional stability.

Zimbabwe was subjected to the sanctions regime that was imposed by the United States and its allies at the turn of the century in response to the land reform program adopted by the government to correct colonial imbalances.

Sadc has decided to collectively call for the lifting of sanctions and set October 25 as anti-sanctions day where various activities are organized in the region to raise awareness of the negative impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe and the region.

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