Call for national dialogue gets louder in Zimbabwe

Harare-Heads of Civil Society Organisations in Zimbabwe have expressed concern on the ongoing development in Zimbabwe and have called on for dialogue to end the current economic and political situation currently bedeviling the country.

Speaking during a press conference in Harare, Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project Jestina Mukoko said it is with disappointment that the state instead of addressing the crisis, has resorted to criminalise their work.

“We note with great disappointment, that the state instead of addressing this crisis, has resorted to criminalise civil society work and the increased attacks on civil society leaders are deplorable” said Mukoko

She noted that President Mnangagwa’s call for national dialogue was welcome as there was need to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

“On the backdrop of these tragic events we welcome the calls by the many actors for national dialogue. We note the call by President Mnangagwa for national dialogue. There is indeed, need to find lasting and meaningful solutions to the crises confronting the nation” she said

Mukoko said for the dialogue to be effective there was need for it to accommodate everyone.

“However, for the process of national dialogue to be effective, sustainable and not merely façade to placate the international community, it is necessary that the national dialogue be truly inclusive. The national dialogue processes should include, political and religious leaders, civil society, diaspora community and most importantly the victims and families being haunted by the structural and direct violence that is currently afflicting the country” said Mukoko

The call comes amid economic and political tensions in Zimbabwe in which the citizens have been the most affected.

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