The Herald (Harare)

20 February 2013

Zimbabwe: EU Playing Mock House

opinion

The European Union sat on Monday to review sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe about a decade ago. As expected it was a non-event, another grandstanding opportunity for the gentlemen and ladies running the show in those countries to drink coffee and feel very important.

The way EU is handling the Zimbabwean issue defies logic and turns the whole scenario into mock house stunts. The EU is playing mock house with Zimbabwe's independence, sovereignty, dignity and humanism.

The disadvantage the EU diplomats have, is they have never cared to understand how, as a sovereign Zimbabwe the ordinary Zimbabwean feels about a foreign country, trying spiritedly to determine their political and socio-economic destiny, by canning us when we do not tow their line of thought.

The illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe should largely be seen as a blunt instrument being used to tame indigenous Zimbabweans into observing Western rites and rituals, at their own expense.

The EU has tried to shape the world's perception and values through the illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe. But it is clear that the world is beginning to see that the real agenda is regime change, disguised as an act of bringing accountability, democracy and good governance.

But there is a big irony here. The same well governed, highly democratic and human rights respecting EU is reeling under an economic crisis of greater magnitude. The EU cannot tell us how, the self-appointed masters of the world, that they are, failed to manage their economies.

The EU "agreed to de-list 21 persons and one entity subject to restrictive measures." Unfortunately the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation is still under sanctions. Why?

The architects of these sanctions have realized that it is the only effective tool in perpetuating servitude and the dependence syndrome among Zimbabweans.

Zimbabweans want the sanctions to be removed in their totality and interestingly the EU has set conditions for the total removal of the embargo.

Unfortunately all Zimbabweans from political and business elites to the vendor on the streets, vehemently denounce illegal sanctions. Even MDC, the party that went to bed with the EU to impose the sanctions, no longer needs them. On the contrary, expecting the EU to remove sanctions in totality is a dream that will never come to pass until Zimbabwe pays homage to the well protracted Western demands.

The EU believes that their cause is more important than human life and their feeling of "being right" is more important to them than the lives of innocent Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe has to bite the bullet and resist Western attempts to hold our nation at ransom by setting tricky benchmarks for the removal of illegal sanctions.

As a nation we must guard against all subtle strategies being used to arm-twist us into embracing Western demands. In recent years, issues of illegal sanctions have taken centre stage and the conditional removal of these sanctions is a hot potato in this sphere has occupied public discourses for a long time coming.

Over the years Zimbabwe has been a victim of illegal economic sanctions, restrictive measures, and travel bans, whatever you prefer to call them.

The effects of these illegal sanctions are covered by a façade that is virtually perfect to justify their existence.

It is unfortunate that the perpetrators of these heinous acts directed at Zimbabwe are the Western countries who masquerade as the teachers of democracy.

Zimbabweans in their totality have asked for the removal of these illegal sanctions and their plea has fallen on deaf ears. Democracy?

There is a continual assault on Zimbabwe by Western countries since the initiation of the land reform programme in 2000. This has recently been worsened by the vow made by Zanu-PF to empower Zimbabweans economically. After the land reform programme that angered the minority whites who were willing to continue occupying the land that was forcefully taken from the indigenous people.

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