Blessing Chebundo, a founding member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has said sanctions were perhaps the opposition’s worst contribution to this country.
Chebundo, a former Kwekwe Central legislator who is now a member of the ruling ZANU PF said sanctions were affecting Zimbabwe’s growth. He said:
When I was in the opposition, my colleagues in the party were calling for punitive action against the drivers of the country, entities and individuals. I knew it was not good but I was a lone voice within the organisation. I don’t mince my words, sanctions are bad. This is why I am putting my head on the block saying they need to be done away with. Zimbabwe is the only country we will ever have, we should give it a chance to grow or fail on its own accord.
The United Kingdom and its allies including the United States of America and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium following a chaotic Fast-track Land Reform Programme characterised by human rights violations.
ZANU PF accuses the opposition of lobbying for sanctions which it says has caused untold suffering to the masses.
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