Zimbabwe Ruling Party Rejects Possible Dialogue with the Opposition

The ruling party of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) on Thursday rejected the possibility of a dialogue with the opposition MCD Alliance, which it accuses of instigating violence that shook the country this week.

According to reports received in Petroria, Monday’s violent actions in Harare and Bulawayo, among other places in Zimbabwe, killed three people, among them a police officer.

Other local publications state that seven people died and about 70 were wounded on Monday’s protests. But the official number of victims is still unknown.

According to the Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald, which was off the air due to an internet blackout, the violence destroyed infrastructures and properties worth thousands of dollars.

The newspaper quotes some statements by ZANU-PF’s chief whip in parliament Pupurai Togarepi, who told that party’s legislators that the organization ‘will not rush to talk to the opposition because of the violent actions.’ 

The legislator said that the attack on people, property damage and roads block annul the democratic right to protest.

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