‘Zim will be stronger despite sanctions’

Constantino Chiwenga

ACTING President Constantino Chiwenga says Zimbabwe remains strong despite the sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

Addressing a Family of God (FOG) 2022/23 national thanksgiving and dedication prayer in Bulawayo yesterday, Chiwenga said: “Fear not for the Lord Almighty is with you. Zimbabwe will not die or collapse. Those who want this God-given country to fold will be punished threefold. Yes, it has been painful to our people, but that’s the price we have to pay.”

He said the country would use its God-given resources like lithium to prosper.

“And so, we shall build our nation with the resources which we were given by the Almighty God.  We are faced by unjust and illegal sanctions. We have embarked in the work of re-engaging with hostile regimes, which have imposed illegal sanctions which are meant to cripple us. As we work hard on the frontier of engagement and re-engagement, we can say we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, with our sister African nations assisting us,” Chiwenga said. “Iron and lithium will be pivotal in the growth and development of the country. Just as oil is to Saudi Arabia, so is lithium to Zimbabwe. So, we will not die.”

FOG leader Andrew Wutawunashe implored Zimbabweans to pray for the removal of sanctions, which he claimed was causing unemployment and poverty.

“We, as the church, feel this thing that is at the centre of the suffering of Zimbabweans — illegal sanctions.  We call upon their removal. This is an unholy system which has perpetuated the suffering of many people in Zimbabwe. The church is crying to the Lord so that he hears our prayers, and these sanctions must be removed,” Wutawunashe said.

The event was attended by Bulawayo and Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs ministers Judith Ncube and Abednigo Ncube, respectively, and various church denominations.

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