IN a series of tweets soon after marking the country’s first anti-sanctions day, Mnangagwa said crippling sanctions on the country remained despite opening up the political space, strengthening the rule of law, transparency, and accountability and ramping up the war against corruption.
“Zimbabwe is simply held to disproportionate standards like no other country,” he said, adding, “Enough is enough.”
Mnangagwa said the country was being punished for taking back its land but vowed that land reform was not reversible.
“Sanctions, and their negative effect on FDI, have hampered every single sector of our economy. The claim they are targeted is simply not true when banks and entire sectors are cut off from funding. The average Zimbabwean pays the heaviest price,” he said.
“So we will fight the sanctions just as we continue to engage in the spirit of peaceful coexistence with all nations off the world. This is now the key pillar of our foreign policy. It’s time to end the sanctions. It’s time for Zimbabwe to re-join the family of nations.”
Anti-sanctions day was declared by the Southern African Development Community at its summit in Tanzania in August.
Zimbabwe is under sanctions from the European Union and the United States.
The EU argues that its sanctions are targeted at only two people, one of whom died last month, while the US blames Zimbabwe’s woes on corruption.