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Zimbabwe Parties, Church Coalition Urges Govt to Act on Civil Unrest

  • Chris Gande

Bishop Magaya attending a press conference in Harare.

Bishop Magaya attending a press conference in Harare.

Zimbabwe National Agreement Platform (ZINAP), a grouping of political parties, civic movement and church on Monday condemned the government’s failure to address the country’s economic and political situation.

ZINAP convenor, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, told a press conference in the capital, Harare, that the government should ensure that civil servants are paid on time.

In an interview, Magaya said, "Remember that we launched the Zimbabwe National Agreement Platform on the 18th of December. We felt that this was a very important process and having launched it then people were closing down for the holidays.

"Even as people came back from the holiday things have become even more difficult."

Magaya urged the government "to put its act together as far as the timeous payment of civil servants is concerned because if that does not happen it will cause unrest."

He said another area of concern was the response of municipal police to concerns of vendors.

He added: "Most importantly we urge the government to convene national dialogue with various stakeholders."