Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo has said that “everybody has the right to express dissatisfaction against the government” but they should not instigate violence.
He was referring to leading opposition member Job Sikhala being charged with with subverting a constitutional government by alluding to the “overthrow” of President Emmerson Mnangagwa before the next elections.
Speaking to the BBC’s Newsday programme, Mr Moyo said that the nation was “going through a very fragile period” and advocating unconstitutional action was wrong.
Mr Sikhala is expected to appear in court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.
Zimbabwe is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis of the past decade, says the BBC’s Shingai Nyoka in Harare.
President Mnangagwa came to power amid optimism following the ousting of long-time leader President Robert Mugabe.
But Mr Moyo insisted that the current pain was the result of economic mismanagement.
“This is the listening government,” he said “because what is happening at the moment is that it is going to be painful to go out of two decades of a depressed economy.
“We’re looking at improving the situation for the betterment of the people of Zimbabwe.”