Harare – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa used the memorial service of his predecessor Robert Mugabe on Saturday to call for the lifting of “sanctions” in his cash-strapped country.
“Zimbabwe should be free of the albatross of sanctions… may the world honour Zimbabwe by ensuring sanctions are immediately removed. Give us a new start, remove them now, we do not deserve them,” Mnangagwa said.
He said Mugabe had challenged “global powers” and was repaid through “spiteful sanctions”.
He was speaking at the partially full National Sports Stadium in Harare on Saturday, where he was joined by several African heads of state and other dignitaries who had earlier paid tribute to the 95-year-old Mugabe, who died on Friday last week in a Singapore hospital.
Mnangagwa started his speech by sending condolences to Mugabe’s family, his wife Grace in particular, saying she would continue to have his support and that of his administration “in these moments of grief”.