The historic National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign launch scheduled for this Wednesday is gathering momentum with stakeholders calling for a massive crusade in denouncing the illegal western regime change agenda that has caused untold suffering to ordinary Zimbabweans.
Zimbabweans from all walks of life have been subjected to untold suffering due to illegal western economic sanctions imposed on the country.
This has however prompted Zanu-PF to come up with a national response against sanctions through the National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign.
The dark years for Zimbabwe began in 2001 when the US government decided to impose sanctions on the country through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA) with the European Union following suit a year later.Â
To the west Zimbabweâ€™s sin was taking back its land from a few thousand whites and redistributing it to the landless black majority.
At face value, the illegal sanctions under the ZIDERA appeared to be targeted at individuals but in reality they have since proved to be a regime change agenda tool thanks to the online-whistle blower website, wiki-leaks revelations.
The sanctions have also not spared any sector of the economy and have proved that they were intended to make Zimbabweans suffer and abandon their government through food shortages and hyperinflation such as experienced in 2008.
The National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign to be launched this Wednesday is Zimbabweâ€™s national response to the sanctions and analysts say it is clearly meant to show the people want the sanctions to go.Â
â€œThe petition expected to be signed by 2 million Zimbabweans is expected to send a clear message to the west that Zimbabweans want sanctions lifted forthwith,â€ an economic analyst, Godfrey Dupwa said.
Political analyst, ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa accused MDC-T of double dealing on the sanctions issue, adding that it boggles the mind that the EU had the audacity to extend sanctions maintaining that they are targeted, despite clear evidence that they are hurting ordinary people.
â€œThe MDC-T is responsible for all this, they have shown double standards by denouncing sanctions in public while calling for their extension privately. The onus was now on the MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai to redeem himself and his party by playing a leading role in this National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign,â€ said Ambassador Mutsvangwa.
Recently, the online whistle blower website, wiki-leaks, revealed that Finance Minister and MDC-T Secretary General, Mr Tendau Biti is the author of names placed and removed from the sanctions list, thereby vindicating Zanu-PFâ€™s position that the MDC invited the sanctions.
In light of the adverse national impact of sanctions, Zimbabwe Young Entrepreneurs have called upon all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliations to take the National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign seriously, saying sanctions are a threat to national development.
Apart from making it difficult for government officials to conduct some official business with western countries, the sanctions have made it difficult for business to access funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (ADB) as the institutions suspended the balance of payments support under the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA).
Today, the sanctions have crippled the health delivery system, the education sector as well as the industry, making government developmental projects difficult to take off.