President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has described the idea of sanctions by external forces as ‘cowardly’ and said leaders of the East and West met and agreed on peaceful competitions rather than sanctions.
“Why put sanctions? When somebody is wrong, leave him; they will fail by their own mistakes. When you put sanctions on them that means you are not sure of them. I appeal for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe,” he said.
The President who was also the chief guest was yesterday speaking at the official opening of the country’s 60th International Trade fair in Bulawayo in the South Western region of Zimbabwe.
The fair is being held under the theme: “Growth through trade and investment”.
“Also this is a problem of us Africans, we don’t work closely together. If somebody puts sanctions on one of us, we also put sanctions on them. I don’t agree with those who say Africa is much weaker to work together. OAU and the frontline countries worked together to support the struggles for freedom in South Africa. If we discussed closely and cognately we can have a greater impact,” he said.
President Museveni is in Zimbabwe on a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe.
This is the second time that he is officiating as the chief guest at the fair, having done the same 30 years ago in 1989. The ceremony took place at the Zimbabwe International Trade stadium in Bulawayo.
President Museveni urged Africa to work together to liberate itself and noted that 6 frontline states cooperated and worked together to liberate African countries.
He said that they struggled for liberation by uniting and that the socialist countries supported the liberation struggle.