Time to end economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, and scrap the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001.
From the Zimbabwe Guardian:
White businessmen denounce sanctions
By: New Ziana-TZG
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:45 am
SOME white businessmen in Matabeleland South Province have added their voice to the anti-sanctions lobby by appending their signatures to the petition against the imposition of illegal sanctions imposed by Britain, United States and their western allies.
The businessmen included miners, farmers, professionals and businessmen.
They gathered at St Christopher Primary School on Saturday where scores of people from all the province's seven districts gathered to show their displeasure over discredited embargo.
Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development minister Dr Olivia Muchena led the proceedings.
In separate interviews, the white businessmen said sanctions were not targeted, but affecting everyone across the country and the Government's economic recovery programmes.
"These sanctions must be removed as soon as yesterday, they are strongly affecting our businesses," said Patrick Middleton -- a dairy farmer from Esigodini.
He added: "You will realise that it's difficult to access loans from banks to procure inputs and we also need to import some of these implements,"
"Business was very sound around here before the country was slapped with sanctions and if they are not removed any meaningful efforts to revive the economy will be met with challenges.
"I am calling on all concerned Zimbabweans to come out in their numbers and support the anti-sanctions campaign."
Middleton said farmers and businesspeople were concerned over the issue because their businesses were slowly crumbling.
"We need money and there is no way we can succeed under these conditions.
"We are calling on the western governments to reconsider their decision which has led to suffering among most Zimbabweans," he said.
Another dairy farmer from Esigodini , Ms Tinky said the banking systems were crippled and there was no access to money to support the agro-based economy in the province and the country as a whole.