Harare – National Patriotic Front (NPF) has joined the MDC Alliance in rejecting dialogue citing that President Mnangagwa’s call for dialogue was not genuine.
In a statement, NPF Spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said Zanu pf was a rogue regime.
“NPF demands genuine dialogue, says no to nocturnal talks called by the rogue regime. We believe that genuine dialogue that will restore constitutionalism, security of citizens and the dignity as a party, our Deputy National Commissar, Jim Kunaka and our Mashonaland Central Chairperson, Dickson Mafias, are languishing in prison as political prisoners, among others”
“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.
“In light of our current circumstances, we believe, as a party, that dialogue aimed at extricating our country from the current mess should be convened, facilitated and guaranteed by an international body given powers to superintend over the implementation of any agreement (s) that would come from therein,” Mawarire said.
He said the country was in need of a dialogue as it is facing a political crisis.
“We note, and condemn, efforts at hoodwinking Zimbabweans and the international community that Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa is pulling, through calling for nocturnal ‘dialogue’ at his state residence where those supposed to dialogue will be surrounded by members of the presidential guard, which stands accused, by the Kgalema Motlanthe Commission, of butchering civilians on the 1s1 of August 2018 in front of international media cameras.
“We believe our country needs dialogue and we are amenable to genuine talks aimed at solving the crises bedeviling our country, but we refuse to be party to a charade being organized by Mr Mnangagwa to preempt efforts being made to ensure genuine talks aimed at resolving our problems are set in motion.
“Harare-06 February 2019-The National Patriotic Front (NPF), a political party represented in the 9th parliament of the Republic of Zimbabwe, wishes to state clearly that our country is at crossroads and in need of dialogue among its citizens.
“We believe that we are facing political, economic, social and constitutional crises emanating from the November 2017 coup, a stolen election in July 2018 as well as rampant corruption spearheaded by a rogue and illegitimate regime presiding over the state and government,” he said.
Mawarire said country is polarised, wounded and emotionally at sea, and there was need for a mediator in the dialogue process.
“The crises are manifesting in poor living conditions, collapse of every service sector, dilapidation of infrastructure, insecurity of the person, the free-fall of our economy and spontaneous demonstrations by an impoverished citizenry yearning for a way out of the economic arroyo we are buried in.
“The situation has not been helped by the state’s response to the demonstrations. On top of economic hardships, our people are reeling under state-sanctioned brutalities, including, but not limited to, raping of women by alleged state actors, cold-blooded murder of civilians by the army, abductions, organised beatings, and arbitrary arrests among other forms of violence against citizens.
“Our country is polarised, deeply wounded and emotionally at sea, there is no chance, even in heaven, that we can find each other without the help of our neighbours, African brothers and the international community. SADC, the AU and the rest of the international community are very invaluable in convening and facilitating genuine talks if we are going to get a lasting solution to our current problems,” he said.