Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that he has removed preconditions for dialogue adding that he was putting the people first.Posting on his twitter account President Mnangagwa said he has invited all political parties.
“I have invited the leaders of all political parties to come together, without preconditions, to begin a process of national dialogue. Let us all put the people first and politics second,” he said.
This comes as two political parties, MDC Alliance and NPF have rejected the call for dialogue citing that President Mnangagwa was not sincere.
The two parties want a foreign mediator. MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa said a credible convenor and mediator should be called.Chamisa said President Mnangagwa’s government should stop citizens abuses, beatings and arrests before he can attend the meetings.
President Mnangagwa had initially set conditions in which Chamisa was to follow for dialogue to take place but Chamisa was against a condition of recognising President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.
Instead Chamisa also set his own conditions for dialogue saying that President Mnangagwa’s government must first release people arrested during the January 14 protests.
NPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said some of his party members were languishing in prison while several other high-ranking officials have skipped the country’s borders, running away from alleged state security agents hunting them as if they are common criminals.