Thokozani Khupe denounces sanctions but says they are not to blame for govt’s errors. This was contained in a statement that was released by the court resurrected MDC T 2014 structures commemorating the Zimbabwe Anti sanctions day which also said economic saboteurs must be brought to book.
The MDC T outfit led by Thokozani Khupe has denounced sanctions imposed on 83 individuals and 37 institutes by the west, but also said people should not blame sanctions for their own failures, CITE Org reports.
The statement by the Khupe led party which was released by Tapiwa Mashakada, MDC-T Secretary for Finance and Economic Affairs reads in part: Whist we call for the unconditional removal of sanctions, we also urge the government to address policy missteps and corruption, whose net effect on the economy may exceed the economic impact of sanctions. Economic saboteurs must be brought to book.
As a pro-poor and labour backed party, the MDC-T laments the suffering of the people and workers who are bearing the brunt of sanctions.
The economy is partly hamstrung by sanctions due to restrictions faced by corresponding banks and difficulties in accessing new capital as Zidera gives the United States of America veto powers on the Boards of the main Multi-Lateral bodies such as the IMF and World Bank.”
Finally let us desist from blaming sanctions for our own acts of omission and commission.
In calling for the unconditional removal of sanctions we must be honest and accept that some of the economic policies implemented in the past stoked inflation, the budget deficit, currency and exchange rate volatility. Let us fix the issues we control and not just mourn about sanctions.
Meanwhile, the Zanu PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa while commemorating the second anti-sanctions day said praised the Khupe led outfit and said they are denouncing sanctions and said Chamisa and his allies were unrepentant:
We do have members of the opposition MDC who have recanted. Who have basically said we were wrong, we opposed the empowerment of our people and I think that in this regard Madam Khupe basically is now singing a different song on the issue of sanctions
She is now calling along with us for the unconditional removal of sanctions. But you get your Chamisa, your Biti, your Coltart. They remain unrepentant.
Source – Pindula News
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