Chamisa snubs ED indaba, again


THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC yesterday said it will snub another round of national dialogue slated for today, claiming President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF government is not taking their concerns seriously.

Mnangagwa recently invited 22 losing presidential aspirants in last year’s harmonised elections for talks, but Chamisa snubbed the gesture.

The following day, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches organised a prayer breakfast meeting, which Chamisa attended, but Mnangagwa was in no-show. Although a majority of small parties will likely attend, Zanu PF and MDC have traded barbs over the direction the national dialogue has to take.

In an interview yesterday, MDC spokesperson, Jacob Mafume confirmed that his party would not participate in today’s dialogue.

“We responded to that process and indicated that it did not meet the requirements of a dialogue,” he said.

“That process is a national monologue where he (Mnangagwa) is talking to himself and, in any event, he refused to come to where the churches were gathered. A person who fears churches and bishops and holiness creates questions in our minds.

“We will only participate in a process that is a genuine dialogue, where there is a mediator, who is neutral and a process that will deal with key actors in the crisis in Zimbabwe. We will not participate in a monologue.”

Coalition of Democrats leader, Elton Mangoma and MDC-T vice-president Obert Gutu have confirmed they were invited and would participate.

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  1. It is mischievous to say ED was in no show at the ZCC prayer breakfast meeting . The president is a very busy man and had plans in advance for that day . Chamisa sounds like all parties are equal in the dialogue . ED is actually involving all those who want to contribute to the development to do so . The other parties want to contribute unlike the MDC-a who only want power . The legitimacy that MDC-a is crying about is only in the eyes of MDC-a . Zimbabweans except MDC-a know that ED is President and that fact is not for dialogue . What is for dialogue are ideas on how to inclusively grow the economy and how to better the lives of Zimbabweans .

  2. I think this news paper is running short of news . Why do you interview these MDC a when they have nothing new to tell us . If they have nothing new , please give us a break and stop repeat publications . Only report to us when they have something new . Thank you in advance .

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