Zanu-PF chief whip Pupurai Togarepi told the party’s parliamentary caucus in Harare yesterday the ruling party will not be hurried into talking to the opposition through acts of violence.
He accused the opposition of being behind the violence in major cities which resulted in destruction of infrastructure and property worth thousands of dollars and the death of four people. Togarepi said there are other ways the opposition could have used to seek dialogue. Said Togarepi:
It is very unfortunate if what they are looking for is dialogue at the same time they are causing mayhem in the country and destroying property. I think there are many avenues they can use to create dialogue with Government, with Zanu-PF or with any other political establishment in the country. But if you have to maim people, barricade roads and destroy property, it then defeats your democratic right to demonstrate. When you destroy people’s homes and property you are worsening the plight of the people. The question is are you doing it for the people or for your own selfish interests? People lost properties, cars were burnt and lives were lost. Is that a way to persuade dialogue? In my view it was wrong. It is clear that these are acts of terrorism. That is clear terrorism and it is not supposed to exist in our country because we are a peace-loving nation. We call upon the security agents to deal with these people.