By Loice Dube
Heal Zimbabwe has called for an urgent citizen national dialogue to address the economic situation in the country which led to the crackdown of innocent civilians by members of the security forces in the past five days.
Heal Zimbabwe is civic society organisation whose focus is on community cohesion building, peace building and conflict transformation, welfare and livelihood restoration and governance and accountability.
In a press statement Heal Zimbabwe said, “We call for an urgent citizen driven national dialogue to arrest the obtaining dire economic situation and looming political turmoil in Zimbabwe. The current economic crisis and political circumstances in the country are ominous and puts the country on the verge of civil unrest”.
We therefore appeal to citizens, workers, government and other stakeholders to unite as a way to avert the prevailing situation in the country. Citizens should come together and share their grievances so as to make a way forward in addressing the economic crisis.
“All Zimbabweans from across the political divide including women, youth, children and people living with disabilities, must drive the process and collectively define the current crisis facing the country and how they would want it addressed.” read the statement.
Heal Zimbabwe further proposes for an all stakeholders Summit mediated by Southern African Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) to generate a clear roadmap that salvages the country from economic collapse”.
The Heal Zimbabwe recommendations come at a time where Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and other stakeholders conducted a mass stay away to pile pressure on government to address the economic crisis in Zimbabwe.