Academics join fight against sanctions | The herald
BEFORE this year’s Anti-Sanctions Day, October 25, the country’s intelligentsia joined the nation in scientifically exposing how illegal Western economic embargoes have affected Zimbabwe for more than two decades.
Attracting academics from all higher education institutions across the country, the Zimbabwean intelligentsia yesterday launched the Anti-Sanctions Speakers Network (LASN), which will add weight to calls for the unconditional lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United Nations. United States and its Western allies at the turn of the millennium as punishment for the land reform program.
LASN coordinator Professor Obadiah Dodo said academics will shed light on how the nefarious sanctions have restrained Zimbabwe’s growth over the years.
“We are aware that the narratives used to justify maintaining the sanctions are based on half-truths, misinformation and disinformation. Armed with our strategic role as educators of our rich and culturally diverse human capital, we, the intelligentsia of the Republic of Zimbabwe, take a stand to unmask the myths surrounding the saga of sanctions plaguing Zimbabwe. We recognize that, like any other sovereign state, Zimbabwe has its own share of internal contradictions which we as Zimbabweans must deal with, guided by our own particular socio-cultural dynamics, ”said Professor Dodo.
Organization to provide empirical evidence on how sanctions have bled the economy, LASN vice president says – research and documentation, said Dr Tawanda Zinyama.
“We are conducting research on the impact of the sanctions on Zimbabwe, we have seen that all sectors of the economy have been affected, so we are going to quantify that and call for the removal of the sanctions based on the research,” did he declare.
On October 25, when the world joins Zimbabwe in calling for the unconditional lifting of the sanctions, academics will be doing different demonstrations in each province to demand the lifting of the sanctions.
Since the imposition of sanctions in 2001, Zimbabwe has lost around US $ 42 billion, losing around US $ 4.5 billion in donor support each year for more than two decades.
The country also lost $ 2 billion in IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank loans that could have contributed to infrastructure development, as well as $ 18 billion in commercial loans that could be extended to the private sector and other businesses.