UK goads Mnangagwa, Chamisa into talks

FORMER colonial master Britain is actively pushing for opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to recognise President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy and for the Zanu PF leader to reach out to his adversary.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

However, although reports showed the European Union (EU) was also involved, the bloc rejected the claims, while the British embassy in Harare was cryptic when reached for comment.

EU’s immediate past envoy to Zimbabwe, Philippe van Damme, would not comment, saying he had completed his tour of duty and was already in his home country, Belgium.
An official at the embassy, Thomas van Handel, also said the EU was not involved.

“As EU delegation, we are not involved in such negotiations, if there are any. Nevertheless, we encourage inclusive dialogue,” Van Handel said.

A British embassy spokesperson, in an emailed response, seemed to confirm a push to bring warring Mnangagwa and Chamisa camps closer.

“We can confirm that British ambassador Catriona Laing had a useful meeting with Nelson Chamisa this week. At that meeting, Mr Chamisa gave his own assessment of the current situation in Zimbabwe following the elections,” the embassy said in response.

It added that its government was goading Mnangagwa to recognise Chamisa as well.

“As our minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin indicated at the weekend, (that) the UK [United Kingdom] has called on President Mnangagwa to reach out to those who did not support him or his party and to work to build their confidence and trust. We have also called on the opposition to play their part in healing processes,” the spokesperson said.

The response from the British seemed to dovetail into the MDC-T led by Chamisa’s resolution at their national council meeting this week, giving the 40-year-old presidential election losing candidate carte-blanche to “talk”.

“The president (Chamisa) is authorised to engage all stakeholders in dialogue, with the scope of dealing with the current impasse arising from a stolen election and to resolve related governance issues,” the party said.

Earlier this week, Chamisa in an interview with South African broadcaster SABC, said his supporters had warned him against going into “bed” with Mnangagwa.

“Our people have said: ‘Mr Chamisa, don’t work with these people’. They are saying don’t join hands with the crocodile (Mnangagwa’s nickname). You will be drowned like what happened to president (Morgan) Tsvangirai when he worked with Robert Mugabe. He was diluted, we were diluted, we ended up losing focus and manipulated out of power,” Chamisa said.

But the national council resolved that Chamisa and his leadership must begin a process of consulting the party membership on “the way forward after the stolen election”.

Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda confirmed that his principal was given the greenlight to pursue dialogue.

“The president was given a mandate to engage in dialogue. The resolution was that whatever dialogue, (it) should be aimed at resolving the crisis and restoring legitimacy. It should also be aimed at giving our country and the people a chance at restoring economic opportunities,” Sibanda said. “These remain the guiding principles.”

Officials close to the developments, however, claimed Chamisa had already sent emissaries to Mnangagwa, while reports last week said the opposition leader’s chief of staff, Sessel Zvidzai, had spent a day at Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s farm.

Part of the discussions, the sources said, was meant to get Mnangagwa to adopt a British style arrangement in which he would recognise Chamisa as “official leader of the opposition”.

“Mnangagwa, in turn, has demanded that Chamisa first recognises him as legitimately-elected President of Zimbabwe. It’s the current sticking point,” NewsDay Weekender heard.

Asked if Chamisa had received emissaries from Mnangagwa or if any envoys had been dispatched the other way round, Sibanda was skittish: “We don’t know who they are talking to, but I can’t comment on that. I will confirm with the chief of staff (Zvidzai).”

Zvidzai was not available for comment yesterday.

Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, while denying the talks early this week, did not rule out the possibility of such discussions.

“We are elder brothers. If they (MDC Alliance) want to talk and have an issue they want to place on the agenda, they are free. President Mnangagwa is the father of the nation and he will not shut anyone out. We will not make any declarations that we will not talk to anyone,” Mangwana said.

30 Comments

  1. Comment…chamisa chet chet

  2. It is the same old story of trying to legitimize the illegitimate.
    Why do we have election results cooked up year in year out why.
    For a moment lets have Zimbabweans shape their destiny without this circus going on.
    Honestly it is not for Chamisa or Mnangagwa IT IS ABOUT US ZIMBABWEANS.
    We went to war to LIBERATE ZIMBABWEANS—-MY Foot.
    The whole plot is lost.
    Regai vanhu vasarudze mutungamiri vavanoda, kana atadzawo anombogarao pasika. Zvichingodaro zvichingodaro nyika yobudidiraka.

  3. I hope MDC-A have ULTIMATELY discovered their SINGLE gross mistake that when the new ZanuPF took upon themselves very serious personal sacrifices in removing Mugabe, they were not doing it in POSSIBLE preference of MDC-A. There thus later followed no unfair game nor material arguments on electoral flaw, when ZanuPF ultimately decided to ONCE AGAIN honestly DELIVER ONLY their own familiar selves, to their fellow election competitors. On a lighter note am sure MDC-A will in future make better decision on options to accepting offer of ‘soccer’ match in water logged soccer pitch. They thus in the circumstances need ONLY less kinder relook at themselves and graceously accept WITH DUE APPRECIATION THIS TIME, HISTORY’S PERPETUAL LESSONS.

  4. mukovhe watshilidzi

    chamisa is proving to be a Mugabe bullying everyone from party to country through Africa to world claiming he is the only legit person. 2023 he will be beaten hands down by ed. chamisa is a fool.

  5. I told you guys before that there is more drama to unfold and more details keep coming mean while garwe keeps telling lies that the Americans, British and Europeans recognise his government yet they actually want the MDC onboard the whole open arms speech during the hin inaguaration is as the same trick old BOB played Tswangirai thank riddims the young man refused

    1. We should however all be above party politics or personal interest in favour of our beloved country. The country now needs unity at all levels including leadership so that we are all going in one direction. It is not bad for the country if our leaders could work together. We must leave no stone unturned if we are to achieve the economic glory that we so desperately seek. The sanctions must go and our people must unite even if it means a one party state for now.

  6. The man. The Brits are very calculative. Ofcourse they simpathise with MDC .Why they used to sponsor them and now they need to do business with Zimbabwe headed by Mnangagwa. They can’t keep on supporting Chamisa. They can’t overturn the election .Brexitng is around the corner. We will be out in March.Why do you think Theresa May is Africa trotting. She just couldn’t add Zimbabwe to the list because of the sanctions still imposed on us.Wake up .Britain does anything for their own interests.

  7. VaZvidzai vanga vari kupurazi ravaChiwenga vachiita madiscussions enyika.What a world

  8. In the circumstance MDC is in dire need of HIGH CALIBRE strategic think tank. One wonders how they later afforded to dump what I personally considered to be potential greatest national human resource, my former maths professor. When organisation is guided by no more than mediocre appreciation of its manpower resources it can only thrive on mediocre ambition such as career opposition party. Mugabe early discovered, and correctly, his own indispensable need of political professor , for his life mission of maximum political longivity. High creativity has always been needed by MDC-A to dislodge ZanuPF, creativity going much further than finding popular slogan ‘bwa’or….. Whatever other exciting slogan invention. Maths professor could surely provide MDC-A with greater set of more viable, if propitious, options. But what more could he have done to the blind who kept on insist on their necessary route guidance of those gifted with sight.

  9. But 2023 ED anenge avane80years zvinoita.

    1. Heneri Dziotyiweyi! where is He ?

  10. A black person can not lead a country successfully. A black person is power hungry. A black person is corrupt. A black person is selfish. A black person is incompetent. A black person is greedy. A black person is stup!d. A black person grew up in poverty and when he is leader the first thing he does is to loot and plunder national resources so as to cover up for the yrs he grew up in poverty. NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM A BLACK PERSON. ZIM IS DEAD BECOZ OF A BLACK PERSON.
    THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO HIRE WHITES AS ADVISORS OR LEADERS TO SUCCESSFULLY LEAD ZIM.

    1. You’re a racist PIG.

  11. Los negros son corruptos.
    Los negros son egoistas.
    Los negros son codiciosos.
    Los negros son incompetentes.
    Los negros son estúpidos.

    1. Forward Makwavarara

      Below is the translation of your sad, pathetic, racist, bigoted and shallow intonation!!! I even regret that I gave it the decency of a translation, but so you know…..Even in your white world, there is rampant and unbridled corruption. You only need to look at the United States and French wholesale scandals. Perhaps you need mental eye salve to see the vast multitude of blacks who are epitomes of rectitude!!

      Blacks are corrupt.
      Blacks are selfish.
      Blacks are greedy.
      Blacks are incompetent.
      Blacks are stupid.

  12. Eve Brits will never work with Garwe even if Teresa May has a love affair with him the British parliament wont hand him a quid thats reality Bob was better because even if Blair hated him the Queen loved her puppet oh yes Bob was a British puppet he butchered the Ndebele for rebeling and the Manyika for their diamond yet he got awards and praises they even gave him a knighthood the only negro in Africa to be granted such honour but Garwe and his junta are not that smart…

  13. Chikandamina wa-king

    dzikamai vanhu weee kana mukarota nyika yezimbabwe isisatongwe nezanu mukai muti hope dzabvepiko idzi kkk mukai mubike doro muti midzimu yatirasha

  14. Chikandamina wa-king

    dzikamai vanhu weee kana mukarota nyika yezimbabwe isisatongwe nezanu mukai muti hope dzabvepiko idzi kkk mukai mubike doro muti midzimu yatirasha

  15. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Ed is going to bring out Zimbabwe out of its poverty very soon. We only need to give him these next five years to prove or disprove what I am saying. Remember this man has been saying and doing correct things since he took office last year and the only thing that has been holding him back are the elections which we have now through. So this now is the time that his government can spend concentrating on business.

    1. You have the naivety of a 5 year old.

  16. There is no substance in this report. Only wishes and hallucinations. Even all these comments are full of suppositions. Total rubbish. Who needs who between ED and NC? Who is sinking in debt? Whose party is facing painfully death? Chamisa can go hang and Zim will simple progress. As for that bigot malcontent called Nacido Rico Zimbabwe and Africa are not whiteman’s country, God created it that way for a reason. So take your so-called intelligence and ability to your filthy country and leave us to deal with our own issues. If you think Zim is not good for you just go back to own country and leave us alone.

  17. Give the Crocodile a chance to kill us in broad day light, rob us blind as ”Zimbabwe is open for looting” for the yellow man and kremlin I see no good in this only 5 years of extended dambudziko

  18. Isu takangwara takavhotera nokuti taiva taona kuti ane vision. Vakapata vaiona Chamisa , uyu mupfana ngwarumapundu , asina chaakamboita ari iye anoita kuti nyika ibude mumatope. Nelson anongova nedzungu chete chete. 40 years unenge wakura chose : ona vanaMacron ! Very mature , but wedu uyu pupuru pupuru sehuku yakachekwa musoro. Very primitive & unpresidential. Chero dununu rakutoona kuti uyu haafanira kutonga chero raini. Ko zvaanoramba kuzvambaradzwa kwaakadai kuitwa naED ari kuOpposition ko kana akaita President mungamubvise uwoyu? Vanochemera kuti apinde muhurumende nyararai. Tsvina yakadai haikwani chigaro chamambo uye HAACHAFIZVE APAINDA

  19. Isu takangwara takavhotera ED nokuti taiva taona kuti ane vision. Vakapata vaiona Chamisa , uyu mupfana ngwarumapundu , asina chaakamboita ari iye anoita kuti nyika ibude mumatope. Nelson anongova nedzungu chete chete. 40 years unenge wakura chose : ona vanaMacron ! Very mature , but wedu uyu pupuru pupuru sehuku yakachekwa musoro. Very primitive & unpresidential. Chero dununu rakutoona kuti uyu haafanira kutonga chero raini. Ko zvaanoramba kuzvambaradzwa kwaakadai kuitwa naED ari kuOpposition ko kana akaita President mungamubvise uwoyu? Vanochemera kuti apinde muhurumende nyararai. Tsvina yakadai haikwani chigaro chamambo uye HAACHAFIZVE APAINDA

  20. @Toropito, son of a BIT€H!!! Zim belongs to all the races. God is the owner of Zim and not you son of a million BIT€HES. Its the pple like you who have made this country to be what it is, with your corruption, nepotism and greediness. NYIKA YE ZIMBABWE IKUTANDA BOTSO PAMUSAKA PEZVIVANHU ZVAKAITA SEWE. ‘Tu Madre es una prostituta’. @TOROPITO, MWANA WE HUR€. SATAN!

  21. @Toropito, God is the creator and owner of Zim. A mere human mortal being like you is just an occupier of land and not owner becoz you came from your mother’s womb with nothing and you shall go back 6 feet down with nothing.
    Whites that you are demonising, brought tissues, sanitary pads, vehicles, medicine etc. You Toropito, your ancestors were living in caves, your ancestors had no toilets, your ancestors used leaves and not tissues after poo pooing in bushes. Your ancestors had no clothes except for the animal hides the used to cover their dirty bodies. YOU WONT DO ANYTHING IN ZIM WITHOV HELP OF WHITES.

  22. Zimbabwe belongs to God, not to ed or chamisa. You are looking on the wrong direction. God can bless it in any one’s hands if he wishes. Munongoukura muchingoukura muchingoukura, nothing will happen. Tandai botso and unite. Pray to God. Umm rambai muchiukura muchingoukura, kana napindurwa mozondiudzavo. Macomments enyu hachinje zvinhu. chamunotukirana ndachishaya. Ndofunga muri mawhindi chete imi

  23. British MP, Kate Hoey, who was in Zimbabwe to observe the elections has made it very clear that the elections were rigged, she called President Mnangagwa “mark 2 Mugabe” whom the international community must not support. She has also made it very clear that the British should play the leading role is making sure that Zanu PF dictatorship is held to democratic account for rigging these election.
    It is therefore very disappointing that the British government is instead playing the leading role in sanitizing the this Zanu PF regime. The British want Zanu PF to bring in MDC in the regime just for window dressing because the latter will be utterly useless.

    Zimbabwe is in serious economic and political trouble today because for the last 38 years the nation has allowed Zanu PF thugs to rig elections and o ride roughshod over the people’s hopes and dreams. The only way the nation will ever stop this is by demanding the holding of free, fair and credible elections and refuse to settle for nothing less than that. What the British are doing here is giving a feeble excuse why the nation and the international community should allow Zanu PF off the hook after failing to hold free and fair elections!

    We want a solution to help up get out of this hell-hole, what the British are offering is not helping us get out, only a promise to get out for the naive and gullible foolish enough to believe Zanu PF will change.

  24. I am tired of these British people in power coming here and placing demands on us in Africa. Colonial rule has ended, get over it Go fix your problems back home! Leave Africa to be run by Africans

  25. Zimbabwe needs new leadership not these imbeciles who fought for this cursed country

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