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Sanctions imposition an act of cowardice, says Museveni

by Staff reporter
26 Apr 2019 at 17:16hrs | Views
The Guest of Honour at the 2019 ZITF, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has condemned sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, saying the idea of the embargo is an act of cowardice.

Officially opening the historic exhibition in terms of the number of exhibitors in Bulawayo this afternoon, President Museveni said those who impose sanctions on others are not even sure that they are wrong.

"I want to condemn the sanctions put on Zimbabwe. This idea of sanctions is cowardly. Why do you put sanctions, if someone is wrong leave him to fail by his own mistake. Why do you have to put sanctions? It means you are not sure the person is wrong," he said

President Museveni also called for Africans to work together and move the continent forward.

"I want to appeal to my comrades in Africa, if we stand together we can move mountains," he said

When he came to Zim in 1989, President Museveni also said, Uganda was coming from a nightmare, as there were no basic supplies in the market but now it is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, adding that Zimbabweans should remain steadfast in order to emerge stronger.

"I want to encourage you (Zimbabwe) that if you are steadfast in the face of challenges, you will prevail. Zimbabwe is a very rich country, I want us to work together so that we develop Zimbabwe."

"Uganda's problem has been exporting unprocessed goods, which has made the country not able to get real value from its products. So we should work towards value adding our products," said Mr Museveni.

After his keynote address, President Museveni presented trophies to several winners in exhibition competitions at the ZITF.

Earlier, President Museveni was taken on tour of exhibition stands at the fair  in the company of his Zimbabwean counterpart, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The two leaders got first-hand experience on the process of attaining vision 2030 by exhibiting organisations.

The two heads of state first took their tour to the ZimTrade stand where they were briefed about the progress in the promotion of trade.

With the country on a drive to engage and re-engage with the international community, the leaders visited the American, Kenyan and Belarusian embassies' stands where it was revealed that the process initiated by the government was starting to pay dividend.

Other visited exhibition areas included the stands for Econet Wireless, Maka Resources, Fairpros.

With an excited crowd that wanted to take a peep at the two heads of state, the fruit of hard work on rebranding the country are starting to be seen if the attendance at the ZITF is anything to go by.

As the two heads of state walked side by side, it is also interesting note that their national football teams will have to face it off at the AFCON finals in Egypt in June after having been drawn in Group A.

Source - zbc