Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader, Nelson Chamisa has said sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe “must go yesterday.”
Chamisa posted on Twitter this Wednesday attracting varied responses from social media users. He said:
ZIMBABWE SHALL BE THE LAND OF ENTREPRENEURS & ENTERPRISE..
Zimbabwe shall be the land of opportunities & possibilities, dreams & hopes. Where one can dream anything and the dream will come true. Let’s make it happen. Zimbabwe has just been a dream killer for many. No.. Not #Thistime
Pikaz @Jawachawa then commented asking Chamisa to “Come clean on sanctions.”
Sanctions must go yesterday!
Some applauded him saying he was now being patriotic adding that he has to take the next step of writing an official letter to Western powers that imposed the restrictive measures asking them to remove them.
The United Kingdom and its Western allies imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium following Zimbabwe’s chaotic land reform programme that was marred by gross human rights violations.
The ruling ZANU PF has since then been calling for the removal of the sanctions saying they were crippling the once-vibrant southern African economy.
On the other hand, the opposition has been lobbying for the imposition of sanctions on ZANU PF elites and individuals believed to be violating human rights.
The opposition, mainly the Movement for Democratic (MDC) change where CCC morphed from, was opposed to the view that sanctions were affecting the common man saying they only restricted targeted individuals and organisations.
In recent years, the opposition took a different stance acknowledging the adverse impact of sanctions on the general populace but maintaining that corruption and poor leadership were the leading factors contributing to the socio-economic and political crises in the country.