WINDHOEK - The Namibian cabinet has endorsed the engagement of local stakeholders to come up with measures to push the lifting of the economic embargo against Zimbabwe together with other Southern African countries.
This follows the setting aside of October 25 by the last Southern Arica Development Community heads of state and government summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to have all member states speak with one voice in support of the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe was slapped with economic sanctions by the United States of America through the Zimbabwe Democratic and Economic Recovery Act in 2001 and the European Union also joined in with their own version of restrictions. This was after the country embarked on the land reform programme to correct historical imbalances in the ownership of land.
Namibian Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, last week said the Namibian government was in support of the anti-sanctions campaign against Zimbabwe as a measure to show solidarity with one of SADC’s member states.
“Cabinet took note of the report on the 39th SADC heads of state and government summit and directed the following offices to take action in their areas of responsibility: Ministry of International Relations must engage local stakeholders on the strategy to be employed by Namibia to amplify the call for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by 25 October as endorsed by the SADC Summit,” Simataa said.
The same is also expected from all the other 15 member states of SADC. The Zimbabwean government has also been frantically engaging the USA and the European Union to chart a new way of engagement under the new leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa has been driving an open engagement agenda with the international community to end the pariah status that characterised Zimbabwe from the early 2000s when the country was slapped with the economic embargo by the western word as retaliation for repossessing land from the white commercial farmers and redistributing it to the marginalised black folk.
Zimbabwe, the USA and EU have had a frosty relationship for close to 19 years with the West continuously tightening the economic embargo while Zimbabwe has been calling for the removal of sa