President Mnangagwa has distanced himself from comments he purportedly made on Twitter calling for inclusive national dialogue. Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said that there has been an attempt to put words in Mnangagwa’s mouth. Said Charamba:
Just when we were in there, the President was drawing my attention to an attempt to as it were, to put words into his mouth using his Twitter account. So, don’t always believe that which is coming through.
Mnangagwa’s Twitter account is believed to be run by one of his children. The tweet posted on Mnangagwa’s account that raised the people’s hopes of dialogue between the nation’s major political leaders reads as follows:
I invite leaders of all political parties as well as religious and civil leaders to set aside our differences and come together. What unites us is stronger than what could ever divide us. Let’s begin a national dialogue. Let’s put the economy first. Let’s put the people first.
Charamba blamed the MDC for the violence that broke out across the country last week and said the government will not be coerced into dialogue. Said Charamba:
When it comes to national dialogue, that’s a necessary accompaniment of any democratic system. But if it’s a dialogue that is predicated on violence, on coercion, that will not fly.
The key thing for all parties including those in opposition to know is that there’s a way of engaging government without necessarily having to bring in people to do lawlessness and destroy property and cause loss of life in the country. After all, we have a Parliament, there is interaction going on. We have many other avenues, where interaction is going on.