bishop trevor manhanga.jpgReligious leaders have thrown their weight behind the National Anti- sanctions Petition Campaign saying it is a means of protecting the sovereignty of the country from the West which wants to use the illegal embargo to maintain its domination of Zimbabwe.


This Wednesday marks a historic day in the country’s fight against global imperialists who imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2001 and 2002.

Religious leaders say they fully support the programme as it is a way of showing the world that Zimbabwe as a sovereign nation should be allowed to determine its own political destiny.

Bishop Trevor Manhanga said the illegal sanctions have affected everyone in Zimbabwe and called on Christians from across the country and people from across the political divide to support the national anti sanctions petition campaign.

“As the church we are fully behind Cde Mugabe’s call for the lifting of sanctions as these have affected everything in this country,” said Bishop Manhanga.

A prominent clergyman, Dr Noah Pashapa says the calling of the lifting of the illegal sanctions reinforces the fact that the west should leave Zimbabwe to manage its own internal affairs.

“We are fully behind the efforts by President Mugabe for the removal of sanctions. Our President has been all over calling for the removal of sanctions and this Wednesday will be a landmark development,” Dr. Pashapa said.

An apostolic sect leader, Madzibaba Manuwere Jasi said masses in Harare should turn out in large numbers and demonstrate that Zimbabwe is a sovereign state that will not tolerate interference in its internal affairs.

‘We are trying to send a very clear message to the global bullies that their arrogance and domination over weaker nations is not acceptable in Zimbabwe and the sanctions must be removed,” said Madzibaba Manuwere.

The European Union extended the illegal sanctions by another year at its meeting in Brussels on the 15th of last month, despite efforts by government to engage the West over the issue.

Analysts say the action was a clear demonstration that the embargo is their tool to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.