Second leg of dialogue set for February 22

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Mnangagwa's administration accuses Chamisa of deliberately sabotaging the economy and playing games with
Mnangagwa's administration accuses Chamisa of deliberately sabotaging the economy and playing games with "the lives of the people", while Chamisa in turn has rejected any calls for meaningless talks. 

Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa will host a second session of dialogue with fellow presidential candidates at the State House in Harare next Friday.

Early this month, Mnangagwa held talks with fellow candidates who he defeated in a contested election in July last year.

The main opposition candidate, and leader of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa snubbed the event.

It was not clear at the time of writing if Nelson Chamisa would attend the event this time.

His spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda said he was unaware if an invite had been sent by close of business day to his party, but promised to give a position.

Other political parties who requested not be named confirmed that they had been invited, and February 22 set as the provisional date for talks.

Zimbabwe’s economy has taken a downward spiral since the elections, and efforts to get the two main rivals, Mnangagwa and Chamisa to the negotiating table have been fruitless, with church leaders failing to broker any meaningful dialogue.

Mnangagwa’s administration accuses Chamisa of deliberately sabotaging the economy and playing games with “the lives of the people”, while Chamisa in turn has rejected any calls for meaningless talks.

In December 2018, the country’s annual inflation was at 42% but has soared to 56.9%.for January 2019, as prices continue to increase