john_nkomo_02-03-11.jpgZimbabweans have been urged to remain united and steadfast in the fight against the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by Britain and its western allies.

Speaking at the National Anti-Sanctions Petition campaign launch in Harare, Vice President John Landa Nkomo, said due to Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe’s unwavering commitment for the total emancipation of the people of Zimbabwe, the country is being punished for taking back its resources.

“We will join you as a nation in the fight against the imposed sanctions and we shall not be intimidated by the enemy, as we are in support of your leadership,” said Cde Nkomo.

He urged the nation to remember that a protracted liberation struggle was waged to liberate the country, adding that Zimbabweans should refuse to sell out the country’s sovereignty.

“We have been through a lot and we know we shall prevail, so we need to remain committed to the empowerment of our people,” VP Nkomo added.

He said if Britain and its allies refuse to lift the sanctions, they would have declared war against the people of Zimbabwe.

The National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign was officially launched by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe in Harare this Wednesday to send a clear message to the west that the illegal sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe are hurting the ordinary citizen.


Meanwhile, legislators have applauded the initiative taken by President Mugabe to engage the masses in the call for the lifting of the illegal sanctions.


Thousands of Zimbabweans thronged the space between Rainbow Towers and Interpol offices in Harare to witness the launch of the National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign aimed at putting pressure on the west to lift illegal sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe.


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Speaking to ZBC News at the ceremony, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the campaign has sent a clear message to the international community that sanctions are not hurting the leadership in the country but ordinary people.


Mberengwa East Legislator, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane, who is Head of Delegation of the Zimbabwe Parliament to the African Caribbean Pacific and EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, reiterated the fact that initially, the imposition of sanctions on the country was illegal as it was prompted by a bilateral dispute between Zimbabwe and Britain.


“The decision to put Zimbabwe under sanctions was made outside the mandate of the United Nations and the sanctions are therefore illegal,” he said.


The quest by the country’s leadership to empower its people through the land reform programme triggered the imposition of sanctions as the west sided with white commercial farmers, who occupied 80% of the prime agricultural land at the expense of the landless black majority.


Evidence of the absence of a moral ground for the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe manifested recently in the divisions between EU member states over the issue.