by NDEBENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – LIBERATION war veterans are planning protests to the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Zimbabwe as a
response to sanctions imposed on the Southern African nation.
The war veterans have termed the restrictive measures, renewed earlier this month by the US, as illegal and aimed at effecting regime change.
Victor Matemadanda, Secretary General of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), called on all unemployed graduates, workers, the sick, orphans and the elderly to participate in the protests as a way of showing the negative impact sanctions were having on them.
He spoke as he addressed the country’s former liberation in the city of Gwanda, Matabeleland South Province, where he disclosed the mobilisation process would reach other eight provinces of the country before pickets to the US Embassy in the capital Harare.
“Every Zimbabwean has been affected by sanctions and we have to march to the American Embassy in Harare where we will not ask, but tell them to remove the sanctions. This event will be the mother of all marches. It’s not only for the ruling ZANU-PF but for all Zimbabweans,” Matemadanda said
Matemadanda, who is also Deputy Minister of Defence, said the former liberation fighters would set a date of the march.
He said the war veterans would mobilise all citizens, civil societies, opposition parties and churches to heed their call to protest against the sanctions.
War veterans are influential in Zimbabwe’s politics.
They partly prompted the imposition of sanctions through a violent takeover of white-owned commercial farms and intimidation of opposition supporters in 2000.
Then, the minority whites controlled 90 percent of the country’s prime agricultural land.
More than 4 000 farmers lost their land during the seizures sanctioned by then-president, Robert Mugabe.
The African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) have also called on the West to remove the sanctions following Mugabe’s removal in late 2017.
– CAJ News