SENIOR STAFF WRITER
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a chilling warning to opposition parties and individuals he accuses of plotting to topple his government through violence and delinquency, saying they have no place in the country and the southern African region, the Daily News reports.
“As you are aware, Zimbabwe has been under illegal economic sanctions for close to two decades. The impact of these sanctions on our socio-economic and political spheres is comprehensive and far reaching.“These sanctions were a direct response by Britain and her allies to Zimbabwe’s land reform programme in 1999/2000. We make no apologies for taking back our land and we are happy that the people have been reunited with their land.“It has become very clear that these sanctions are designed to effect regime change. Hence, Zimbabwe continues to endure unrelenting attacks from external forces and their internal surrogates, with the intention of unconstitutionally, violently and illegally overthrowing our democratically elected government. Thankfully, our people have remained vigilant, astute and patriotic,” Mnangagwa said.
“On the broader international front, we reaffirm the African Union position on the need to reform the UN Security Council in line with the Ezulwini Consensus and call for respect of the United Nations Charter,” he said.
Mnangagwa indicated that on the international front, his second republic has embarked on the engagement and re-engagement policy.“As a result of this policy, the country has seen notable investments. Earlier today, I was pleased to launch a US$51 million Belarus farm mechanisation facility which will help improve efficiencies, production and productivity in our agriculture sector. In view of the centrality of agriculture to our two economies, and to Africa in general, we are confident that this initiative will go a long way towards enhancing food self-sufficiency.“My administration has also undertaken a raft of socio-political reforms and is fighting the scourge of corruption to create a conducive business environment and improve the quality of life of our people. The success we are recording will set our country on an irreversible course to economic development and growth,” Mnangagwa said.