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‘Mnangagwa must engage Chamisa’


ECONOMIC experts yesterday called for a multi-stakeholder dialogue involving business, political parties, and citizens to resolve the country’s worsening economic and political crises.


Speaking at an AMH Conversations series themed Unpacking the Fuel Crisis, Africa Development Strategy executive director Gift Mugano said the mounting economic and political challenges could only be resolved through national dialogue.

“We need the right environment for investment to come here. We need a political solution. [Emmerson] Mnangagwa is the President of this country, but he can’t ignore [MDC leader Nelson] Chamisa. He [Chamisa] needs to also be a statesman and he can’t be seen communicating like he does not care,” Mugano said.

A petition by Chamisa challenging the July 30 presidential election results was thrown out by the Constitutional Court, but the opposition party still refuses to recognise Mnangagwa’s victory.

“We need a collective political decision if it means they have to give each other concessions so that we live peacefully, let’s do that. We need a platform where business, labour, government and citizens can speak and sign a social contract based on credible, factual information and come to reality with facts of the economy,” he said

Mugano added that in a good political environment, the nation could access lines of credit through locally-based multinational; however, a highly polarised political environment would chase away credit facilities.

“Our political environment is very toxic, you hear the war veterans saying we want a change in the age limit (of presidential candidates), that is not going to help us solve the problems. We need to have a national consensus, if it means President Mnangagwa has to sit down with Nelson Chamisa and have a collective position.

“We can’t ignore the political direction that we don’t want to talk to MDC, we don’t want to talk to Zanu PF. People must be mature now and say we need to talk as one nation, as Zimbabweans,” Mugano said.

This comes as war veterans are plotting to force the ruling Zanu PF party to make a constitutional amendment that will raise the presidential age limit from 40 to 52 years, effectively blocking Chamisa (40) from challenging Mnangagwa (75) in 2023.

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  1. The both political and political crisis we are facing in Zimbabwe is a reality. It therefore needs us as a people (dr. Joshua Nkomo)to consult each other, recognise each other and to put our people and country first. When we announced that we are independent and free from the yoke of colonialization, that meant we are a people to decide our own destination. We do that by following what we fought for and what people had requested us to do after independence. We know what we fought for. The common people knows what we fought for. Therefore the issue of all INDABA is not a problem in our country. I appeal to some Fellow Zimbabweans not to be subjective or emotional whenever we comment about politics. We should also not be subjective or call on the change of our constitution because we are targeting individuals. Let us be careful not to shoot ourselves on our foot. We went to Lanchaster House talks and came out with an agreement. That agreement was not acceptable totally to some of us in the bush. But for the sake of progress and settlement and peace we agreed to implement that agreement. That was not cowardice but a noble idea for the country. The same must happen today. I encourage that we sit down together as a people and come out with an ever lasting solution. The past, let us say history will tell. Let us concentrate on what is happening now and what can mis-happenings which might occur if we do not mend our problem in time. I pray that 2019 we will be in a position to join hands once again as Zimbabweans. we are a great nation. A nation which can do more that we are doing. Wish all Zimbabweans a Merry X-Mas and A Happy 2019

  2. Who must engage who here??? Don’t over glorify Chamisa, if he indeed has solutions for the economy he should do as a good citizen does,approach government and offer his solution, if any.If he has the solution and is keeping it to himself then clearly he is anti Zimbabwe. The boy is nothing but a power hungry clown.

  3. Great article , there is definitely need for a dialogue between the president of Zimbabwe and the president of mdc. It’s time for economic growth !!

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