Some individuals put on the illegal sanctions list have described the launch of the National Anti-Sanctions Petition Campaign by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, as a success, saying it is unfortunate that other parties did not participate in such a national cause.The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr. Joseph Made, is one of the individuals put on the sanctions list for what he described as punishment by the British, in efforts to derail the land reform programme.
Dr. Made said he agrees with Cde. Mugabeâ€™s stance to take over British companies benefiting from the country, but refusing to take up the call for the lifting of illegal sanctions.
He however, urged beneficiaries of the land reform programme and the nation as a whole to pluck a leaf from Cuba which has been under sanctions for over 50 years, through fully utilising the abundant resources the country is endowed with saying sanctions or no sanctions Zimbabwe will not collapse.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Chief Advisor, Dr. Munyaradzi Kereke, who is also on the illegal sanctions list, dismissed claims by MDC formations that illegal sanctions are targeted and described this as intellectual dishonesty.
At its recent summit, the European Union claimed it had removed 35 people from its so-called targeted sanctions list of individuals and companies, in a move that can be described as a non-event, as reflected by the thousands of people who participated at the launch of the Anti-Sanctions Petition Campaign.