By Kudzai Furusa

ANC has highlighted that they have for long been calling for the lifting of sanctions placed on Zimbabwe as they are affecting the economic development of the country.

This was said by ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule yesterday during a press briefing after the ANC delegation had had a bi-lateral meeting with the ZANU PF.

The meeting resolved that economic sanctions and embargos are one of the biggest albatross on the people of Zimbabwe and the economy and should unconditionally be removed.

The United States imposed targeted measures on the Government of Zimbabwe, including financial and visa sanctions against selected individuals, a ban on transfers of defence items and services and a suspension of non-humanitarian government-to-government assistance.

The UN, AU and SADC have for long been calling for the uplifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe. The US recently removed two banks from the sanctions list.

The European Union (EU) also removed top Government officials from its sanctions list and pledged support for economic and political reforms in Zimbabwe.

Those removed from the sanctions list include Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the late Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri and former First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Cde Magashule said, “For as long as we have sanctions, we are not creating an environment on economic development for us and ZANU PF, the former liberation movements to create an integrated economy in our region," Cde Magashule said.

"Therefore it is important for us to continue making a plea to the entire world and the US for the sanctions they are implementing here.

“We have forever in the ANC called for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe and I am sure in terms of issues of human rights, we have said we are liberation movements, this is what we have fought for, we are fighting against colonialism and therefore as liberation movements we should by all means respect human rights.”

Speaking at the same press brief, ZANU PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu highlighted that the meeting had discussed some of the issues of fugitives who seem to be responsible for some of the misinformation that is being peddled out there.

Cde Magashule said social media did not have to set a pace for the two parties.

“We shouldn’t allow social media to set the pace and agenda for us in terms of resolving the challenges we may be facing as countries."

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