A local artist has added his voice to calls for western countries to lift illegal sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe, through pencil and ink.The piece of abstract art titled â€œDown With Sanctionsâ€ depicts Zimbabweansâ€™ fight against the illegal sanctions and the double standards exhibited by the British, their allies in the west and some locals.
The Goromonzi-based 51-year old artist, Thomas Mbeweâ€™s poster takes the form of the map of Zimbabwe with men, animals and places showing the many facets and effects of the illegal embargo.
â€œThe white man with doves wants to represent peace but if you look at his hair, these are snakes which represent their deceit and vile character….â€
Mbewe, who is a war veteran and former army officer, ventured into art in 1997.
He is also a poet and script writer.
Currently he is working on a thirty minute film titled â€œThe Kasoro Battleâ€, which he says is a reflection of a seven day battle he undertook with three other cadres in Mtoko against Rhodesian forces.
The artist was among those who presented their poems at the national anti-sanctions petition campaign launch on the 2nd of March.