POLAD Engaging US Congress Over Sanctions
The Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) is scheduled to engage the lower house of the United States Congress, the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on the impact of sanctions in Africa this Tuesday.
The POLAD Committee on International Relations and Re-engagement set aside Africa Day which will be commemorated this Tuesday to speak on the impact of sanctions on the continent.
POLAD International Relations and Reengagement committee Rapporteur Mr Kwanele Hlabangana said:
_The Chairperson of the said Sub-Committee, Representative, Karen Bass (D-CA) has circulated a Memo of which POLAD is listed as a Witness in the said Hearing. The Invitation for POLAD to be a Witness in the said Hearing has been extended to POLAD’s International Relations and Re-engagement Committee._
_The POLAD International Relations and Re-engagement Executive Committee is seized with the matter and is currently meeting in Harare compiling a Draft Dossier for submissions. We consider this window of opportunity, considering that only four (Witnesses to the Hearing have been cited in the Memorandum, of which POLAD is the only African body invited, to be of utmost importance in the International Relations and Re-engagement efforts of both Government and POLAD, particularly in the lifting of Sanctions in Zimbabwe._
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The POLAD International Relations and Re-engagement Committee has already engaged SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax on the role being played by the organisation.
POLAD is a platform initiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa which groups Zimbabwean political parties whose leaders participated in the 2018 presidential election.
Zimbabwe argues that sanctions imposed on the country at the turn of the millennium are responsible for the economic collapse.
The international community refutes the allegations saying corruption was the leading factor contributing to economic deterioration.
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