Friday, 25 October 2019 21:25

 

Thousands of Zimbabweans have rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's call on the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions imposed against him and dozens of other officials over alleged human rights abuses and electoral fraud.

Today's rally was part of a government-organised day of action to denounce Western sanctions, which Mnangagwa said have "crippled" Zimbabwe's development. 

He declared Friday a public holiday and government supporters from across the country were bussed into the capital early in the morning for a day-long festival, including a march, a football match between Zimbabwe's most popular clubs and a concert. 
 
The EU mission for Zimbabwe stressed that its sanctions apply to specific individuals and not the whole country. 
 

Members of Zimbabwe's opposition dismissed the protests as a propaganda exercise designed to distract from the government's handling of the crisis-ridden economy.

Nelson Chamisa, the MDC president, said in a Twitter post: "Only true reforms and a return to democracy will fix Zimbabwe's woes. The rest is mere propaganda."