The Zimbabwe government is spearheading what promises to be a massive anti-sanction march to be held in Harare on Friday, while other countries in the region are also expected to show solidarity with the country’s call for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the West.
The march will start from Africa Unity Square in the city center and end at the National Sports Stadium.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to address the marchers at the stadium, while similar marches are also expected to take place in the country’s other nine provinces.
Leaders from the Southern African Development Community recently declared at a heads of state summit in Tanzania that Oct. 25, should be set aside as a day of solidarity with Zimbabwe in its bid to have sanctions lifted.
The leaders argued that the sanctions were not only hurting Zimbabwe but the region as a whole.
The almost two-decade long sanctions were imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU).
The United States has 141 entities, top officials and private individuals on its sanctions list and says that the sanctions will only be lifted when the government implements political reforms.
U.S. President Donald Trump in March extended by one year sanctions against the country saying that the government’s policies continued to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy.
The Zimbabwe government says that the country has lost about 42 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from the sanctions. Enditem