- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appealed for sanctions against his nation to be lifted
- With the African country attempted to pull itself out of an economic collapse, Mnangagwa has pleaded with the US and Europe
- The sanctions have been blamed for slowing down progress, punishing the 'poorest and most vulnerable'
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appealed for Zimbabweans to have patience, calling for sanctions against the country to be lifted.
IOL reports that Mnangagwa had made no mention during an address at the UN General Assembly of alleged political repression in the African country.
Over 50 government critics and activists have reportedly been abducted this year, with allegations of torture abounding and critics accusing Mnangagwa of resorting to underhanded tactics as opposition to the ruling party grows.
Despite this, Mnangagwa says that the government is making progress, establishing an 'open' political platform for parties to debate reform.
The sanctions, imposed by the US and Europe, were put into place nearly twenty years ago amid allegations of rights abuses.
The Zimbabwean president says the sanctions are responsible for 'slowing down progress' and serve only to punish 'the poorest and most vulnerable'.
Briefly.co.za reported that EFF leader Julius Malema, following the death of Robert Mugabe, had called for the sanctions to be lifted, denouncing them entirely.
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