Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa of playing to the gallery by refusing to take part in national dialogue saying it was a sign of immaturity.
Addressing diplomats at State House, Mnangagwa who last week held an indaba for all presidential aspirants at the same place meant to find a solution to the country’s social and political challenges said he was genuine when for dialogue and those who are against it are “playing with the people’s lives”.
“All the presidential candidates who have the maturity and sense of leadership joined us. I call on those who refuse to take part in the national dialogue to stop grand standing and playing games with the lives of the people of Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said.
“I will remain a listening president”.
Mnangagwa accused foreigners of sponsoring the recent violent demonstrations that rocked the country after he announced an increase in the price of fuel.
The stay away was called for by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and other social movements was aimed at pushing government to reduce the fuel price to reasonable levels.
Mnangagwa stated that he was probing allegations that his military abused civilians.
“Any evidence of rogue police officers or soldiers taking the law into their own hands will be dealt with and they will face the full force of the law,” said Mnangagwa.