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Stop imposing sanctions on yourselves

Daniel Chigundu

Zimbabwe has been urged to stop imposing sanctions on its citizens through acts of violence and rigging of elections.

Violence against citizens has become the order under the new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who largely relies on the military.

So dire have been the acts of violence that many lives have been lost through military actions, while many others have also been injured in the process.

Speaking recently, robotics professor Arthur Mutambara who was once deputy prime minister in Zimbabwe said the government need to stop abusing its people before calling for the removal of sanctions from the outside world.

“Zimbabwe has no moral authority to ask anybody in the world to remove sanctions when they are imposing sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe through brutality, through violence, through mismanagement, through corruption and through the rigging of elections.

“So fellow Zimbabweans your mandate, your charge is removing this sanctions you are imposing upon yourself before you even engage what others are doing on it.

“Dialogue must happen, rule of law must be respected, constitutionalism is important, human rights are fundamental, you can’t talk about the economy without addressing politics, without addressing the issues and matters of governance,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mutambara has criticised the government’s policy document the TSP, adding that it is a mediocre document that lacks the fundamentals.

“Implementation is critical we must have what we call implementation matrix and I see they have something in the Transitional Stabilisation Plan (TSP) but very mediocre they need help.

“The TSP is mediocre, implementation matrix must be very clear who is going to do what, when are they doing it, where are the resources coming from, what are the milestones, how do you measure success and implementation. Monitoring and evaluation are fundamental but must be done in a systematic and structured manner not what is done in the TSP.

“As we conclude we are saying to Zimbabweans, to ourselves we want shared economic prosperity, we want inclusive economic growth but it has to be done in a holistic manner, by addressing all matters and my concentration was on economic efforts, economic transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Mutambara.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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