Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday snubbed an invitation from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend a meeting of 2018 presidential candidates, saying the political climate was not conducive to such talks. Zimbabwe is facing its worst crisis in more than a decade. Inflation has soared and there are shortages of cash, fuel, medicines and basic commodities. On Tuesday, thousands of teachers began a national strike for higher wages and to be paid in US dollars as the local bond note surrogate has lost its value. Weeks ago doctors and nurses at public hospitals made the same demands. The Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC's) popular leader, who narrowly lost last year's presidential election, said he would join a national dialogue when the Zanu-PF government halts state-sponsored violence against citizens. Several leaders of the 21 parties invited to the meeting were at State House, Mnangagwa's official residence, on Wednesday. They represented less than 1% of t...

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