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Time to punish those who call for sanctions

By Daniel Chigundu

Proportional Representation legislator Tatenda Mavetera has called on Parliament to enact laws that will punish Zimbabweans who call for sanctions on the country.

Zimbabwe is currently under sanctions owing to alleged violation of human rights emanating from violent acts that occurred during the land reform exercise and the 2000 Parliamentary elections.

Many people including white farmers and MDC supporters were injured, killed or had their property destroyed by alleged state security agents, Zanu PF supporters and war veterans.

These violent acts saw the country being slapped with sanctions by the European Union and the United States of America.

However, Zanu PF has accused MDC of calling for sanctions and has used the rhetoric in all the general elections dating back from the 2002 Presidential elections.

In her maiden speech in the National Assembly during debate on the President’s speech, Honourable Mavetera said calling for sanctions should be made a serious crime in the country.

“…time has now come for this country to enact legislation that punishes all those nationals who go out to call for punitive measures on our countries or our leaders.

Just like what happens in the United States, it is a serious crime for an American to be speaking with the Russians.  It should also be a serious crime in this country for Zimbabweans to be unpatriotic to the extent of siding with Americans and call for sanctions.

“It is high time that we have a law that is there to punish each and every person who is calling for sanctions in this country.  I rest my case,” said the former Studio 263 actor.

Towards the 2018 elections, Zanu PF also accused Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti and Dewa Mavhinga for calling for more sanctions on the country.

However, several Zimbabweans have disregarded the claim, adding that sanctions are a tired story

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor 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 and a board member of Digital Communication Network. 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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