President Emmerson Mnangagwa invited all leaders of different political parties to unite following the demonstrations that took place the whole of last week in different parts of the country.
“I invite leaders of all political parties as well as religious and civil leaders to set aside our differences and come together. What unites us is stronger than what could ever divide us. Let’s begin a national dialogue. Let’s put the economy y first. Let’s put people first.
What followed was regrettable and tragic. Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a protest. Wanton violence and cynical destruction, looting police stations, stealing guns and uniforms, incitement and threats of violence. This is not the Zimbabwean way.
Likewise, violence or misconduct by our security forces is unacceptable and a betrayal of the new Zimbabwe. Chaos and insubordination will not be tolerated, “he said.
The leader of the opposition (MDC-A) Nelson Chamisa said that he had long offered a hand to resolve the national challenges.
“Regrettably this hand has been spurned and mocked. It is sad that some to have reluctantly come to this realization following the loss of lives. It doesn’t have to be that way but such is the price of arrogance.”
“Going forward, we must correct wrongs now. We call for immediate end and crackdown and terror that have induced insecurity across the country. We call for the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and political detainees whose rights continue to be violated.
No nation can make progress without rule of law and peace. Zimbabwe can’t be open for anything without being open to its citizens’ concerns. In order to dialogue, one’s tongue must be free to talk. The tongues of the nation are tied in jails and many other by fear. This must end,” said Chamisa.