“Violence Must Never Be Used As A Negotiating Tool” – ED

President Mnangagwa yesterday castigated the use of violence and demonstrations by workers to have their grievances addressed.

He said this while addressing delegates during the launch of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) which brings together Government, business and labour to discuss challenges affecting the country. 

Meanwhile, the TNF Bill which bans stay-aways before exhausting other diplomatic routes was expected to be signed into law (to become Act) early yesterday morning by President Mnangagwa. The president said:

In the Second Republic, let us shun the culture of militancy, disharmony and demonstrations. We must develop greater understanding of each other’s perspectives. Like one writer says, ‘Most problems would disappear if people talk to each other more, instead of talking about each other.

Differing positions must be permissible within our country, however, these must never divide us or result in conflict. Violence must never be used as a tool to gain temporary advantage, at the expense of the people we must serve and protect. The old, retrogressive culture will only serve to widen our fissures and exacerbate our socio-economic challenges, and further delay the prosperity that our country so much needs and our people deserve.

His remarks coincide with the calling of protests by some civil society organisations and political parties who want both the political and economic crises dealt with forthwith.

More: The Chronicle

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