makhosini hlongwani 05-10-10.jpgStakeholders in the National Anti-Sanctions Petition Campaign have called for a build up that will see SADC and AU demand that the United Nations take action to compel countries which have unilaterally imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe to remove them.

Wednesday, marked the launch of the National Anti-Sanctions Petition Campaign aimed at amassing two million signatures in protest at the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe by the West.

The campaign is aimed at mobilising Zimbabweans to register their disgruntlement on the sanctions issue.

Mberengwa East Legislator, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane, said now that the campaign has been launched, Zimbabwe has to take its position to SADC and the African Union which should in turn pressurize the UN to take action for the lifting of the illegal sanctions.

He said: “We must make a collective effort as a region and continent in taking the UN to task to call for the lifting of sanctions.”

supa mandiwanziira.jpgAffirmative Action Group President, Mr. Supa Mandiwanzira, said now is the time for the regional and continental bodies to walk the talk in calling for the removal of sanctions as they are not only hurting Zimbabwe, but the region as a whole.

“Regional bodies like SADC and COMESA must tell Ban Ki Moon to act on this issue and also they must tell the western community that they should lift sanctions or risk being put on sanctions as well,” said Mr Mandiwanzira.

Zimbabwe is a key economic enabler in the development of the SADC region and the incapacitation of its economy has seen the ripple effects spreading to other countries in the region.

To this, analysts say the imposition of the illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe actually means that the region has also been punished as individual economies are dependent on each other.