SADC declared 25 October as Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Day four years ago at its summit in Tanzania.
In a statement to mark Anti-Sanctions day today, SADC chairman and Angolan President Joao Lourenco said sanctions damage Zimbabwe’s image and limits its potential for access to financial and capital markets.
“The extent of this block to Zimbabwe’s socio-economic growth on the livelihood of its people
represents a modern-day atrocity which we, as the SADC family, strongly feel is an impediment that leaves one of our members behind from our common quest for
regional integration, growth and prosperity,” Lourenco said.
He called for the unconditional lifting of sanctions adding: “Our call for lifting sanctions on Zimbabwe is made as a firm request to the International Community for a new rhetoric, story, and direction for the country.
“An unconditional lift of sanctions shall create the conditions for Zimbabwe and the SADC region to consolidate its collective efforts to spearhead national and regional growth and substantively develop in critical areas of good governance, human rights, and social cohesion.
“It is, therefore, incumbent on all parties concerned to do our parts in re-writing the discourse for the Government and people of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” he said.
Below is the full statement: