Four Southern African Development Community heads of state will travel to Western capitals later this month to lobby for the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and members of his inner circle.
Namibian Foreign Minister Utoni Nujoma told journalists in Harare on Wednesday that sanctions were not only hurting Zimbabwe but the Southern African region as a whole. The United States, Europe, Australia and other countries have continued to renew the travel and financial restrictions imposed in 2002 over alleged human rights violations.
Political analyst David Munyae told VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo the sanctions have deterred international investment in Zimbabwe. Economist Proper Chitambara said the West will continue to weigh Zimbabwe's government policy choices and the state of Harare's national unity government in considering the future of sanctions.
The Southern African Development Community stands as a guarantor of the 2008 Global Political Agreement on the basis of which Zimbabwe's national unity government was established in February 2009.