22 September 2018

Zimbabwe: U.S. Activists to Stage Pro-Mnangagwa Rally - Demand Removal of Sanctions

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Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (file photo).

Washington — The December 12th Movement has said it will hold a "welcome" rally for President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is in the United States for the United Nations General Assembly.

"President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF won an overwhelming victory in the recent free and fair elections by the people of Zimbabwe who continue to be uncompromising in their commitment to Zimbabwe's sovereignty and independence," the group said in a statement Friday.

"Zanu PF has established economic development and land redistribution in the interest of the indigenous people and maintain that 'Zimbabwe will never be a colony again!'"

Organisers said the rally and march would be held in Harlem.

Members of the pro-Zanu PF organisation were in the country to observe the disputed July 30 elections.

The group's delegation included Viola Plummer, Chairperson of the December 12th Movement, Colette Pean, Omowale Clay and international human rights attorney Roger S. Wareham.

The main MDC opposition party has refused to recognise Mnangagwa's victory in the vote saying the elections were rigged in his favour.

However, December 12th said most observers declared the election free and fair

"The elections were observed by national delegations from around the world. Our observations of many poll sites reflected a well-organized process. Every detail was witnessed and signed by every party," said Attorney Wareham.

"We were there for the duration. The overwhelming majority of international observers declared the elections free and fair."

He called on the US to lift its sanctions against Harare.

"The December 12th Movement maintains our support for ZANU-PF and the people of Zimbabwe and demand an end to the illegal economic sanctions implemented by the United States Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA), and the recent amendment by President Trump which stiffens the undermining of the self-determination of Zimbabwe and land reform in Africa," Wareham said.

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