Zambia implores the West on Zim sanctions

Lusaka – Zambia has urged Western countries that have for long imposed economic and political sanctions on Zimbabwe to rescind the ‘punitive’ decisions and help accelerate development in the once Africa’s bread basket.
In a congratulatory message to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Zambia’s acting President Alexander Chikwanda said it was the desire of his country that the sanctions that have hurt Zimbabweans over the years be lifted without delay.
“The sanctions have outlived their usefulness. It has, therefore, become morally implausible to maintain eternal ostracism of Zimbabwe from the community of nations.
“Going into the future, the illustrious, diligent and resourceful people of Zimbabwe should be allowed unfettered opportunity to prosper and make a useful contribution to overall global prosperity and wellbeing” Chikwanda said in a statement released on August 6, 2013.
Meanwhile, Chikwanda has appealed to Zimbabweans to remain calm and united as they forge ahead for enhanced economic prosperity.
In the aftermath of the polls, the United States and European Union brushed aside the outcome of the polls, claiming it did not represent the actual views of the Zimbabweans.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, was quoted as saying that his country does not believe that the results represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people.
The European Union (EU) also expressed its concern. Western election observers were kept out by Harare.
The general election, though described as “fraudulent” by Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has been given thumbs up by various international monitors as being free and fair, despite some shortcomings.
The MDC-T called for a forensic audit of the electoral process in particular the voters’ roll, the ballot papers and where they were printed, the special vote, voter displacement, voter registration certificates.
The opposition party said it is determined to pursue peaceful, legal, political, constitutional and diplomatic remedies to resolve the current crisis.
Despite threats to petition the courts over the outcome of election, SADC election observers have urged Tsvangirai to accept the result while expressing relief that the elections were peaceful.
President Mugabe, 89, who has ruled the former British colony since its independence in 1980, was formally proclaimed re-elected for a five-year term.
August 2013
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