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Remove economic sanctions on Zimbabwe ….SADC appeals

By: Kester Korankye
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Members of SADC paid courtesy call on Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway (middle), Foreign Affairs Minister.
Members of SADC paid courtesy call on Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway (middle), Foreign Affairs Minister.

The South African Development Community (SADC) has called on the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) to immediately remove sanctions against Zimbabwe.

In a statement issued on December 4 in Accra, SADC said it was deeply concerned that the ongoing sanctions by the EU and the USA were hurting the Zimbabwean economy.

SADC said the lifting of the sanctions by both the EU and US would lead to the road of recovery for the Zimbabwean economy.

The region said the EU had imposed an arms embargo, as well as asset freeze and a travel ban on targeted entities and certain individuals.

The nature of the US sanctions means that US nationals cannot do business with state-owned enterprises, three Zanu-PF-owned companies and about 100 people as from 20 October 2019.

SADC said these sanctions had a direct impact on employment and income generation opportunities and the livelihoods of ordinary Zimbabweans.

The group said all 39 member states of SADC supported the action to remove the sanctions immediately.

SADC is a regional economic community comprising 16 member states; Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Established in 1992, SADC is committed to regional integration and poverty eradication within Southern Africa through economic development and ensuring peace and security.