The government of Zimbabwe says it is disappointed by the decision of the Commonwealth to impose sanctions. The 54-member organization has suspended Zimbabwe for one year, citing serious irregularities and intimidation during the recent presidential election.
Didymus Mutusa is a Member of Parliament and the external relations secretary of the ruling party, ZANU-PF. He told English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor that sanctions will not keep the government from implementing policies it believes are in the interest of the people, even if they’re unpopular with other countries. And he says the government will embark on a more aggressive land redistribution plan, now that it has won a fresh mandate.