Sanctions: It’s time to hit back at US and its puppets

Source: Sanctions: It’s time to hit back at US and its puppets | Herald (Opinion)

FLASHBACK . . . SADC nationals take part in an anti-sanctions march in solidarity with their Zimbabwean counterparts on October 25

Tafadzwa Mugwadi

The world over, nations have been faced with moments to decide, in direct response to either historical, present or future threats to the national interest.

Zimbabwe is not an exception.

The unfortunate reality is that when the nation arrives at such an interregnum, not every citizen realises it.

It becomes dangerous when even some in key leadership positions like Parliament become part of the fraction of unconscious citizens who are unaware that the nation has reached a crossroads.

There are various factors that birth such ignorance and lack of consciousness.

Mostly, these reasons border on unbridled ambition as well as having elements of unrevolutionary disposition manning key positions in the ruling parties, government and/or government institutions.

This explains why President Mnangagwa has warned saboteurs in the party, in Government and in Government institutions, that the marinated whip  shamhu ine munyu  is on its way.

As a direct follow-up to the people’s solidarity march against sanctions on October 25, this article answers the question: Which stage are we as a nation that makes it imperative to rethink our strategy on sanctions and national developmental question as a people?

The incontestable fact of the matter is that Zimbabwe’s political and socio-economic fundamentals have been operating on a wretched and regrettable pedestal, with the illegal sanctions imposed on the country and maintained by an aimlessly stubborn superpower, the USA, being the elephant in the room.

The culmination into these sanctions and their genesis is not a matter of debate for all Zimbabweans, but one whose writing is on the wall. Sanctions and isolationist policies against Zimbabwe were provoked by the land reform programme, which took place at a time when the Americans, in cahoots with the British government of Tony Blair, were frothing for regime change fronted by the MDC.

The call for the imposition of such heinous sanctions was amplified by the MDC of Morgan Tsvangirai, rogue civil society outfits and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), whose rank and file was pivotal in drafting the sanctions Act by the USA which is known as the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA).

Actually, the prominent legal minds from the MDC which has morphed into MDC-Alliance assisted in the drafting of the sanctions Act against Zimbabwe.

These are cardinal facts that must forever be captured in black and white in our historical curriculum to ensure generations post the current one know where the country is coming from, where it is now and where is it going  the interregnum.

Most crucially, even as SADC decided to set aside that day in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe who have been left toiling, soiling and wailing due to these illegal sanctions, it is the responsibility of Zimbabwean academics, leaders, business and scribes to remind, inform and, if possible, educate regional stakeholders on the historicity of these sanctions so that they are alerted of the internal culprits who have committed themselves to cause, justify and lobby for the continuation of these sanctions.

The world must be aware that inasmuch as October 25 was supposed to unite the nation in denouncing these sanctions, Messrs Tendai Biti, Nelson Chamisa and the rank and file in MDC-A have remained the stumbling block to Government and regional efforts to have sanctions against Zimbabwe removed.

The region must know that at the beginning of each year, the same culprits are called to the US to justify continuation and renewal of ZIDERA, something which they have publicly prided themselves in.

Mr Biti is on record as proclaiming that “we are going to call for more sanctions to ensure that this Government will not get a penny.”

This is why sanctions have become a persistent albatross on the people of Zimbabwe

As such, Zimbabwe has endured systematic attacks on its economy and a well-orchestrated attack on its politics, particularly electoral politics, by self-appointed God’s deputies who claim to love our people more than we do. They claim to know what we want more than we do and most regrettably. Those who claim to know how we should solve our problems better than we who face them, notwithstanding that the bulk of our problems are a product of their tired regime change antics.

I had a rare opportunity to interact with the EU ambassador, Mr Timo Olkkonen, albeit at SAPES Trust where he and his colleagues frequent to justify the existence of sanctions. I left him frothing with anger after I asked him assertively but politely about his behaviour and that of his colleagues.

However, as the nation marched on the day of solidarity and the President expressed himself unequivocally on sanctions, it’s time to reflect and challenge the nation to redefine its political culture.

Zimbabwe needs to follow the footsteps of other countries that have faced similar challenges but have used strong reprimanding and punitive legislation to stop, penalise and criminalise nefarious political conduct.

If there has ever been the time for a Zimbabwean model of a Patriot Act and or a model Logan Act, then it is now.

The circumstances, trials and tribulations that have faced this country for the past two decades owing to these sanctions and the resilience which our people have shown in the face of an unprecedented economic and social crisis in SADC particularly between 2002 to 2009 make us a great people.

They make us a great nation whose name will be remembered as a tiny but strong country that resisted peacefully, systematic bullying and attacks by a group of superpowers using Trojan horses in our midst.

The impetus of our people’s resilience for nearly 20 years of sanctions must be a source of pride, and most importantly, one that Government must provide objective complementaries to.

The systematic renewal of ZIDERA and sanctions against Zimbabwe by the US despite spirited and genuine re-engagement attempts by President Mnangagwa and his Government is a clear slap on the face of our people and exposes US hypocrisy and her unrepentant indulgence in regime change politics nurtured around the MDC-Alliance. That this country is a product of blood and the sword of precious lives that perished to defeat imperialism and colonialism should never be forgotten, but must always be the hallmark of vigilance in defence of the national interest.

As such, the Parliament of Zimbabwe must rethink, in the national interest, ways of deterring threats by individuals, groups or entities who mobilise and lobby hostility against the state and its people. Legislation is the modern way of dealing with culprits who mobilise hostility and sanctions against the country, a situation that has left the country in perpetual grief.

The search for political power becomes criminal if it involves treasonous plots such as sanctions, threats of violence or soliciting for external military interventions.

In this light, it is completely erroneous to ignore the burden of sanctions, which continue to haunt us today as a nation and hinder our developmental prospects. Indeed, something has to be done.


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    Hahahahaha!! There are no sanctions on zim you dumb imbecile. Let’s see you hit back at the USA. Your threats are a joke to them. Hopefully they will impose further “sanctions” on all zanoids.

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    Dzamara 12 months ago

    The people who fought to liberate people as you said have never thought that one day they will shoot innocent people demonstrating in streets. Those were heroes who did not invite sanctions on themselves. We have greed idiots opportunists who hijacked the idea of liberating people as a platform to loot and to suppress the voice of people. These idiots invited sanctions for themselves. Real heroes like Tongogara and Chotepo could not in any way give orders to shoot civillians and abduct people. So please do not bear reference to our heroes who died for a good cause with your thievery ideology. Those who died were not fighting to fly in expensive jets in a country where everyone is starving. If your motive for going to war was to loot and silence the people who date to ask you then get yourselves out of these sanctions. Why do you expect Zimbabweans to March and help you to loot even more.As a Zimbabwean I don’t see any logic of ralling behind my oppressor to have sanctions removed from him so that he has more freedom to oppress me. If your policies and approaches were people friendly surely all streets could have been crowed on 25 October and the stadium full to capacity. Zimbabweans are fed up of your looting and blaming sanctions to starve everyone. We are benefiting more from America through donations than what Zanu Pf government is giving us. Stop blaming opposition parties, NGO’s and civil rights groups for sanctions. Zanu Pf policy of looting , killing and abducting people have brought sanctions. For God’s sake why can’t you change your dirty ways and see if America and EU will still keep the sanctions in place. If you change and reform from your dirty ways surely I will March to New York to voice the rationale of giving sanctions to our peace loving leaders. But as it stands with this evil oppression of people’s freedom to express their grievances I wish you to rot in more sanctions until a day comes that you will realise that you are not Gods but leaders.

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    At first i thought there is some sense to your article until i realised you are just barking. You can never convince anyone if your facts are one sided, the whole world lknows of the issues that led to the sanctions of zimbabwe….human rights ….count how many lives has zanu pf taken and is still taking today and some even boast about it.

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      Marshy 12 months ago

      Who is this dude, in which Zim is he residing.mdc doesn’t hev the muscle to run down our economy. It is Zanoids, a group of looters wth no love of the country at all.sic to the corr

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    Thombizodwa 12 months ago

    It’s clear that this articled was prepared by a fool. I would like to refer you to these phrases, ” culprits who mobilise hostility and sanctions….” And, ” sanctions haunt us today as a nation.. “. Can this author distiguish between nation and culprits. Who are the people being referred to as culprits. Are they also not part of the “nation”. So according to this fool anyone who has a different view on sanctions is a culprit. Why is it that we refer to people who have different ideas to ours as culprits. If people who snubbed the 25th October marching against sanctions are part of the nation then it’s not true that sanctions are hurting a nation. The sanctions are hurting culprits. The day that sanctions will hurt the nation you don’t need to give people of Zimbabwe free food and entertainment to march against the removal of sanctions. Correct yourself. The culprits want to hide behind a nation to have their sanctions removed. Sanctions are hurting culprits more than the nation.

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    Teacher Sithole 12 months ago

    As a Zimbabwean my main immediate enermy is not American imposossed sanctions. Zanu Pf is my immediate enermy. Chances are high that I am starving and failing to provide for my family and likely to die because of abductions as a result of Zanu Pf than American sanctions. I could have user that little energy left in me to march for better wages but the Zanu Pf government have stopped me. If I die today I would like to tell the Americans that I have nothing against you and would like to thank you for assisting my poor family in Chipinge for so many years. USAID empty cans and bags reminds me of how much you loved people of Zimbabwe. I know my enermy. I know very well how I got to be what I am now. I joined the march from Mutare to Harare and they arrested me. My brother went on strike with other doctors and he was fired yesterday. We were sharing 21 ophans left by our siblings. I am not complaiing but happy that finally I know who my real enermy is.

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    Smith had real sanctions yet Rhodesia flourished

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    Zambezi 12 months ago

    What an absolute imbecile!!!!!!

    Hey numbty, the sanctions are NOT on Zimbabwe, they are targeted at the thieving, corrupt, dictatorial leaders that you so love. These are individual sanctions, not national sanctions.

    This is the problem with you ZANUPF idiots… you are still stuck in the 1970’s / 1980’s. The past is the past, forgive and move on.

    Start looking to the future, not the past!!!

    1. Get rid of all corrupt leaders… basically start with a brand new parliament with brand new legislators, MP’s a& ministers.
    2. Engage with the West – China & Russia will only give you loans and then hold you to ransom to re-pay them.
    3. Enable legislation that will allow the economy to grow – Create joint ventures with diamond, gold, platinum, coal miners – Like Botswana has.
    4. Cancel indigenisation regulations – Allow all Zimbabweans, irrespective of race to own & operate any business of their liking.
    5. Invest the countries hard earned monies in the police, medical, education areas and infrastructure. Attract doctors & teachers back to Zimbabwe.
    6. Open the tourism industry – Zimbabwe was well know for it’s wonderful fauna & flora – Rich tourists (Western & Asian) pay good money to see undisturbed wildlife.

    Pamberi Ne ZIMBABWE!!!!!

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    Tendai 12 months ago

    The ZANU PF knows exactly what is has to do to get sanctions lifted

    1) Arrest those who shot civilians who were peacefully protesting
    2) Uphold its own laws
    3) Stop harassing the opposition and allow freedom of speech
    4) Hold free and fair elections without rigging
    5) Arrest & try those who have been corrupt & have stolen from the public purse

    Its that simple , and they will even give us the money to hold those elections

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    Saddened 12 months ago

    Please USA and EU increase the sanctions on this evil Party ZANU PF. They have raped, murdered and bankrupted the beautiful nation of Zimbabwe too often.

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    Dubbozimbo 12 months ago

    Penned by some Zanoid one has to assume. Nobody else could be this stupid?