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"Zimbabwe Must Demand Reparations For Losses Incurred During British Rule"

Gutu South MP Pupurai Togarepi of the ruling  ZANU PF has said Zimbabwe must demand compensation for losses incurred while the country was under British rule.

Togarepi said this last Thursday while debating a motion on unethical practices by forces of imperialism in the National Assembly. He said:

The people of Zimbabwe, young and old, demand that the British must pay reparations for the crimes committed during colonisation and after the creation of their surrogate government of Rhodesia.

The British committed crimes against humanity on our land. They continue to do so to this day with impunity, through imposing illegal sanctions. Zimbabwe has to be compensated for the damage it suffered as a result of colonialism as our forefathers were dispossessed of their assets.

Demand restitution from the countries that caused untold suffering to the black majority and unduly benefited from the economic resources of our land.

Demand reparation for each of the years that the country laboured under the bondage of colonialism; and strongly condemn the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe for repossessing its land from imperialists.

Togarepi said four decades after independence, some die-hard imperialists were still dreaming of re-colonising Zimbabwe.

Mberengwa East legislator Marko Raidza (ZANU PF) said Britain must apologise for the two countries to work together in harmony. He added:

They might think that by giving a hand of reconciliation as a nation, we have forgotten. We have forgiven but we did not forget what they have done to us and that is why we continue to talk about it today.

Zimbabwe won independence from Britain in 1980 following a prolonged armed liberation struggle.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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