The launch of the anti-sanctions petition campaign in the countryâ€™s 10 provinces over the weekend has been described as a success, with Zanu-PF expressing confidence that the 2 million signatures targeted by the programme are achievable.
Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo says the massive turnout of people recorded at the launch of the anti-sanctions campaign in all provinces has demonstrated that illegal sanctions are affecting everyone regardless of race, colour and political affiliation.
â€œThe launch of the anti-sanctions petition campaign was a success. There was a massive turnout in all provinces and while Mashonaland West was outstanding, the response was overwhelming in all provinces,â€ said Cde Gumbo.
Cde Gumbo described the utterances by the MDC-T that the initiative is a Zanu-PF thing as unfortunate, saying the signing of the anti-sanctions petition campaign by some white commercial farmers denouncing the embargo is a reflection that the illegal sanctions were meant to be a collective punishment on the country for embarking on the land reform programme.
â€œThe signing by the white farmers is encouraging, it shows that the embargo is not targeted but a collective punishment affecting everyone. We are confident that the 2 million signatures is achievable,â€ noted Cde Gumbo.
Thousands of people thronged several centres across the country to append their signatures in support of the anti-sanction petition campaign launched by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, calling for the unconditional lifting of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by Britain and its allies.