Mnangagwa agrees to Chamisa dialogue

Source: Mnangagwa agrees to Chamisa dialogue | Theindependent (Zimbabwe)

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, who won the disputed July 30 election last year, is amenable to national dialogue but warned the MDC and other opposition political parties not to come with preconditions to the negotiating table.

Tinashe Kairiza

This comes after calls from civil society for broad-based inclusive dialogue following last week’s nationwide protests, during which 12 civilians were shot dead and over 70 others seriously injured in a brutal crackdown by security forces.

Mnangagwa, whose legitimacy has been questioned by the opposition MDC since he was announced winner of the presidential election by a water-thin 50,6% , has indicated that an all-inclusive national dialogue was imperative in addressing Zimbabwe’s unrelenting economic crisis.

The protests were triggered by government’s decision to increase fuel prices by 150%.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba yesterday said Mnangagwa was sincere in his invitation for dialogue with the opposition, among other stakeholders, but warned that organising violent protests could blight the prospects for dialogue to discuss the economic crisis gripping the country.

“President Mnangagwa’s concept for dialogue is wider. Soon after elections he asked for dialogue,” Charamba said.

“What Zanu PF and this government will not countenance is someone who asks for dialogue while pointing a gun at the head of the government. And metaphorically the gun in this sense is queuing hooligans on the streets to terrorise and destroy property and cause mayhem.”

He said the onus was upon MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to formally engage Mnangagwa on the need for dialogue, while spelling out issues that needed to be thrashed out at the negotiating table.

“The first interlocutor for dialogue would have been Chamisa. For the first time we saw ED referring to Chamisa by his first name. So now Chamisa is now ripe for dialogue. For now he (Chamisa) is really pushing for it,” Charamba said.

“He is the one who has the issues, so he must tell us about those issues. He is the one who is feeling discomfort so he is the one who has to tell us about why he wants us to dialogue.”

Chamisa this week indicated that talks between various stakeholders would only take off after the release of scores of his supporters who were arrested during last week’s protests.

MDC has since crafted a framework to guide the direction of the dialogue, if the talks ever materialise.

The “five-point plan” spells out the need to address Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, the unrelenting economic crisis, and atrocities committed in the past, nation building as well as crafting a shared common national vision.

It also entails discussing a “comprehensive reform agenda and platform with a view to constructing both a sustainable state with a culture which serves the interests of the masses as opposed to serving a few presiding elites and those connected to them.”

MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said the five-point plan was endorsed by the party’s national executive council last year.

He, however, said the envisaged dialogue would not only be restricted to discussing the five points raised by the MDC.

“The national executive council resolved that MDC will explore dialogue to address Zimbabwe’s problems,” Mwonzora said.

“As MDC, we have raised five issues which should guide the dialogue which include legitimacy and national healing, among others. The dialogue must be genuine and unconditional. We are not saying these are the only issues to talk about.”

He said there was consensus within the MDC for the need to engage in dialogue, amid reports that some top party officials were opposed to unconditional talks with Mnangagwa.

“There is consensus on the need to engage in dialogue. No one has approached us for the need for dialogue,” he said, noting that the talks should not exclusively feature MDC and Zanu PF.

Information reaching the Zimbabwe Independent is that businessman and clergyman Shingi Munyeza is trying to broker dialogue among various stakeholders, including Chamisa and Mnangagwa.

In an interview with the Independent, Munyeza said it was imperative to address Mnangagwa’s legitimacy issues arising from last year’s contested elections.

“In my view the question of legitimacy emanating from a contested election result is the elephant in the room. Once this is not resolved through dialogue, I don’t see us moving forward as one nation with a common vision and common values,” he said.

On his facilitation role, Munyeza said the religious community had capacity to broker talks, underwritten by the Southern African Development Community.

“In any multi-stakeholder dialogue there is need for a convener and an underwriter. In our case I believe the church can be the convener in a national multi-stakeholder dialogue, which will also bring together the two main political parties without excluding other political players. In the same breadth, I believe a non-partisan underwriter must be established first to make the dialogue sustainable and achieve its intended outcomes. In this I believe Sadc should be our first port of call for an underwriter to our national dialogue,” he said.

Munyeza said the religious groups could help broker talks among various stakeholders as part of a broad-based dialogue seen as key towards ending Zimbabwe’s intractable economic crisis.

“It is in the mandate of the church to bring peace and harmony for sustainable development and a national dialogue falls in its mandate. I am reliably advised that the church has been readying itself for a national dialogue,” he said.

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    Flick 1 year ago

    AT LONG LAST, BUT DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH !!!

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      Brian MacGarry 8 months ago

      The report doesn’t mention that the most thorough election observers, from the UN, EU, two US foundations and Zimbabwe’s own JCatholic Commission for Justice and Peace, concluded the elections were deprived of all value by the large number of irregularities.

      MDC therefore did not refuse dialogue; they refused to accept as a precondition that they accept Mnangagwa as legitimate president.

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    Petronella 1 year ago

    Chamisa categorically stated that he didn’t want dialogue post the 2018 elections.
    Look at him now, he wants to tarnish the current government.
    I have closely been following the news and l can only say Chamisa is an attention seeker, a psychopath who needs help himself. The people of Zimbabwe (majority) see Chamisa as very immature, a thug and a total waste of space.

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      u ar the one wo sees in that way u ar a great lier its only u ar the daughter of zanu pf wear suffering yet coz of the current leaders falling to produce a coin at the table to the people of zimbabwe

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      Sikhova 8 months ago

      No dont be biased and one sided chamisa stands for the people. Whereas ed stands for the devils in suits that are milking zimbabwe dry.thats the reason why these mafoisos will keep on winning. You are busy blaming Nelson who stands for the people while applauding the crocodile and its immediate family. He just ordered the death of your fellow citizens and yet here you are speaking jou puss.you make me feel very angry.

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      For the future of the young people of our country we need his madness to pull us out of the rotten economy

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    Austin 11 months ago

    Chamisa ndiye akahwinha ndiye ngaatonge

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    chamisa is the legimate leader

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    Unknown 9 months ago

    Rhodesia was better than the so called Zimbabwe. …waiting for total shut down .no currency…poor infrastructure…everything is dead

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    Jnr tandex 9 months ago

    Ndine mubvunzo kuna Mr munangagwa kuti vane zvimwe zvavanofungawo here kunze kwekuti ndiri mukuru asi why vachidaro uye vanonzwawo sei kna tichitambura kudai .Isusu tine musiwatichati pakambotonga president anonzi munangagwa sei tisingadaro .Vanoti vanorarama 20 years here kumberi ok vachatisirei pageneration inotevera .Ndayinge ndakakuvengai but ndakawona kuti ih ih ndini benzi baba hamuna zvamunoziva regai ndikuregererei zvangu asi chokwadi kana muchinge makufa kna kubva pachikoro wudzai rudzi rwenyu rwubve muzimbabwe nekuti zvichayita zvamusingade .Ndanyora nrmisodzi pamatama uri Satan munangagwa why why why why why why whyyyyyyyyyy tonyinurira kuti kunzi uri president

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    Barry 4 months ago

    Shut your trap

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    Barry 4 months ago

    Now that zanu and Ed have dismally failed to serve the nation and have lined their pockets let the whole troupe go on 3 years leave to enjoy their stealth and alow Chamisa and entrouge to take control for 3 years and see what happens

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    mnangagwa akadyiwa naChamisa pachena 2 weeks ago

    we are now in march 2020…and emmerson is the one who is running away from the talks. Chamisa met Mbeki in December 2019, and he indicated that he was ready any day anytime to map a way forward. Mnangagwa met mbeki also, mbeki told emmerson that chamisa was ready for dialogue and willing to find each other to end the crisi in Zimbabwe. Emmerson then told mbeki that he needs to go and consult with his fellows in Zanupf and will get back to Mbeki. HE NEVER DID!

    Zimbabwe is in deep trouble with Zanupf in power, as long as they continue state capture, our dear country is going nowhere!

    Its clear zanupf wants to buy time until the next election! they do not care about the masses that are wallowing in zanupf inflicted poverty!