Bloc urges Zimbabwe sanctions end

AFP-JIJI

Southern African leaders on Sunday called on the West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe as they rubber-stamped President Robert Mugabe’s victory in last month’s disputed elections.

Wrapping up its annual summit in Malawi, the 15-nation Southern African Development Community called for “the lifting of all forms of sanctions hitherto imposed on Zimbabwe” against blacklisted firms and individuals. The bloc also commended the government of Zimbabwe “for the peaceful manner in which elections were conducted” and congratulated Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party for the overwhelming win.

In a further display of confidence in the 89-year-old, the leaders appointed Mugabe the deputy chairman of the group and voted that Zimbabwe will host the next SADC summit in July next year.