Tanzania calls for removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday said the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Western powers including the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union will have a positive bearing on the Southern African Development Committee (SADC) region.

The outgoing SADC chairperson made the remarks while delivering his address at the 40th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government, virtually hosted by Mozambique the incoming chair. Dr Magufuli said:

It is my strong belief that our nations will benefit if sanctions on Zimbabwe are lifted.

It will offer an invaluable contribution not only to Zimbabwe but to the entire continent.

These are some of the achievements we have been able to achieve during the past year.

Last year during the SADC 39th summit, heads of state and governments passed the resolution to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and approved October 25 of every year to be a special day against sanctions in Zimbabwe.

They resolved that member states will be conducting various activities including preparing dialogues and declarations against the sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The sanctions were imposed following the controversial fast track land reform that was reportedly marred by gross human rights abuses.

Western powers say the sanctions will only be removed on the condition that Zimbabwe has implemented reforms.-Pindula

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