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Let’s talk: Chamisa… I don’t talk to losers: ED

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OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday appealed for dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to stabilise the faltering economy, but the Zanu PF leader ruled out such a possibility, saying he does not work with “losers”.

Mnangagwa and Chamisa were the main contenders in the July 30 poll seen as key to pulling the impoverished southern African nation out of international isolation and launching economic recovery.

While the election was smooth, its aftermath revealed the deep polarisation in Zimbabwean society, with six people killed in an army crackdown on protestors two days after the poll.

“We had our peaceful and non-violent elections, and we won with a two-thirds majority,” a combative Mnangagwa told a meeting of his party’s central committee in Harare.

“If you think we will form a GNU (government of national unit), then you should be dreaming.

You have to wake up as soon as possible because it is a nightmare.

We will run thecountry for the next five years as provided for by the Constitution, and in the meantime, we are preoccupied with fixing the economy.”

While Zanu PF secured a two-thirds parliamentary majority, Mnangagwa won with a slim 51,6% of the vote, just enough to avoid a run-off against Chamisa, who won 44,3%, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The opposition claimed the result was rigged, while most international observers noted that the election did not pass as free and fair.

In particular, the European Union Election Observer Mission said the results were not “verifiable” or “traceable”, casting doubt on their reliability and accuracy.

Since then, Zimbabwe’s economy has been in a tailspin, characterised by a worsening cash crisis and escalating shortages of some basic products and fuel.

Chamisa, speaking to journalists at a ground-breaking ceremony for a primary school to be constructed by the Harare City Council in Kuwadzana, in partnership with a private property developer, Naldine Trading, said talks would help steer the country out of its present state.

“We are not doing this for the love of power, but we are being pushed by the power of love.

What we are going through as a country is nothing if we are to have dialogue as a people, and I hope our colleagues in Zanu PF would find wisdom in this issue.

We have stated five things which we believe should be the cornerstone for dialogue,” Chamisa said.

“The problems we are seeing are all temporary, we can solve them within weeks, the issues of cash, the issue of queues and job creation, can be solved through dialogue and confidence-building as a State.

It is unfortunate that there is no talking, but we have talked about the need to talk.

But we have not seen any movement.

It takes two to tango and (Zanu PF) should show willingness,” Chamisa said.

Zimbabwe Council of Churches has tried to mediate between the two leaders, but hit a brickwall after Mnangagwa demanded that Chamisa recognises his poll victory as a precondition for the talks, while Chamisa maintained that his rival was “illegitimate.”

But Mnangagwa told some party officials that industry was on the way to revival despite challenges in foreign currency, and that his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra was paying off.

“We will evaluate our performance and map the way forward,” Mnangagwa said.

“We will focus on what we should do to have clean (running) water; medicines in hospitals and have good roads.

That is what we now want to do, and that is why we now talk of the economy.

That is why we say Zanu PF must continuously transform and take on board new things and move with time.”

Mnangagwa admitted the country was facing challenges and promised that the party’s annual conference, which started on Monday in Esigodini, would deliberate and devise ways of dealing with the issues.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I sense a defeated and hopeless man in Chamisa statement,jst seeking relevance,…and a man in control and in charge in ED statement need i say much the President put the final nail to the coffin of Chamisa political shenanigans,he should go bck to his party and fix his legitimacy issues,the Elections mode is over,a humble man picks himself up,dusts and move on forward,demos are a waste of Time

  2. After realising that his baseless illegitimacy project is dead in the water, the so-called diplomatic offensive has failed to gain traction and the “ungovernability” protests are fast losing steam, Chamisa now realises that Zimbabwe has a President whom he is now begging to talk to. Suddenly the poll was not “stolen” and President Mnangagwa is now legitimate. If this is not a symptom of political immaturity, nothing is. His pressure for talks is not because he has anything meaningful to add to Zimbabwe but to save face and rescue himself from his impressionable and increasingly youths who are now demanding that he delivers the pie-in-the-sky promises he made during the campaign season.

  3. Chamisa and the Mdca should be the last ones to talk about democracy, the economy and unity and dialogue. There is no democracy in the mdc. There is no transparency in the mdc. There is no tolerance in the mdc. All the mdc knows is to get angry at any dissenting voice, throw insults at opponents, lie and mislead it’s supporters.The mdc should first put its house in order before they can even talk of engaging any other political party.

    • Chamisa was squarely drubbed at the polls and President Mnangagwa in his wisdom invited him for talks on taking the nation forward economically, but Chamisa decided to be arrogant and ignored the invitation. If he wants to hold talks on nation building with President Mnangagwa, he should first of all acknowledge that President Mnangagwa is the legitimate Zimbabwe Head of State. The electorate is not even happy with the way Chamisa is handling these issues, come 2023 they will not vote for Chamisa because he is making them suffer economically. Voters will obvious choose to vote for ZANU PF because of its people centred policies which are lacking in the MDC.

  4. A patriot can serve the people in any capacity.
    Chamisa can therefore keep checks and balances even as an opposition chief.
    He needs to stop doublespeaking and backpedaling to avoid losing relevance by the day.
    He still faces an intraparty leadership dispute and therefore he must stand firmly to earn public trust.

  5. ok lets face it ED won elections according to zec but then what happened after , ok lets take it back to the coup what has the big boss done beside going out to sign agreements apon agreements hence we who voted have no cash , no jobs prices hiking pay remaining where it was no fuel , hospitals no medication , is this what we voted for . one good thing ED did for us was mitigating the road blocks only what else nothing … May God hear the cry of our jobless kids starving mothers mothers n fathers dyng coz they cant afford pills .. biblically God said Adam what did u do he didnt talk to Eve the question is who is the boss in this garden so stop pointing your hands on Chamisa , he has a ryt to speak why the elections its no secret there were unclear adjusted several times

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