The Pan African Parliament (PAP), is rallying behind Zimbabwe in the fight against illegal sanctions imposed by Western countries as it moved a motion calling for their removal.
South African Member of Parliament, Pemmy Majodina, moved the motion against sanctions saying they were a hindrance to the country’s economic recovery as the new dispensation led by president Emmerson Mnangagwa was making strides towards economic reforms.
“The lifting of these unilateral economic sanctions will enable the government of Zimbabwe to attract foreign direct investments which will serve as a catalyst for economic recovery which is needed to meet the expectations of its citizens,” she said.
“Mr President, this House must take note that Zimbabwe under the leadership of His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a man who is set to turn around the economy of Zimbabwe if allowed some time, if allowed to operate under a sanction free regime. He is a courageous leader who has already demonstrated commitment to pursuing far reaching reforms for the good of the people of Zimbabwe.”
“The sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe are illegal as they are not backed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution and are premised on a reactionary stance following the land reform programme,” said Ms Majodina.
Majodina reiterated that economic sanctions were illegal and stemming from the land reform program which saw Zimbabweans reclaiming their land.
“Mr President, we as a people seek the support of Africa in the fight to have the sanctions lifted. We strongly believe that the world will stand with us if Africa stands with us. Your fellow Africans in Zimbabwe are being punished for reclaiming their land.”
Zanu PF Chief Whip, Pupurai Togarepi, who seconded the motion in PAP said he was grateful of the move by the parliament to stand in solidarity with Zimbabwe at a crucial time when standing together is needed most.
“We are grateful of the stance taken by PAP as it shows true brotherhood as we are one family. The problems that affect one African country indirectly affects the whole continent and it is in times like these that standing together is most important, we are grateful.”
In an interview with the ZBC News Online, the director for Civil Society and Churches Joint Forum, Abigail Mupambi, challenged the Zimbabwean parliament to emulate the stance taken by PAP.
“We applaud that move by PAP, it is most appreciated at a time that the Zimbabwean economy is drowning because of these sanctions. Let me take this opportunity to challenge our Zimbabwean Parliament to issue a clear solidarity position to challenge these illegal sanctions particularly at a time when the country is getting support from the world over.
PAP which was sitting in South Africa, is also known as the African Parliament and it is the legislative body of the African Union (AU).