By Phyllis Mbanje
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured below) yesterday lashed out at the United States for renewing sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying they were a violation of human rights.
Mnangagwa was speaking at the burial of the late Brigadier General Emilio Munemo at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
“We call for the unconditional removal of the illegal, spiteful and completely unjustified sanctions on our country, which continue to violate the basic human rights of our people,” he said.
“We fought for peace, we believe in peace and we do not pose any type of threat to any country in the world.”
US President Donald Trump last week renewed sanctions against Zanu PF and military officials as well as some state-owned companies for another year
Trump said policies by Mnangagwa’s government posed an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to US.foreign policy and also that Zimbabwe had failed to implement promised reforms.
However, Mnangagwa said his doors remained open for dialogue with all people “for whatever reason”.
“My government is committed to collective, consultative and participatory governance.
“No one is more or less important, bigger or smaller in the rebuilding of our great country,” he said.
“Our economic and political reforms must continue in earnest, the engagement and re-engagement we seek with those who open their door to us must carry on with greater impetus.”
MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has refused to join dialogue convened by Mnangagwa saying there must be a neutral person to mediate in their dispute over last year’s elections.
Munemo, who was the director of civil-military relations in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, died last Sunday.
Mnangagwa hailed him as a dedicated researcher who was instrumental in shaping Zanu PF’s ideology after independence.