Chamisa begs SA President for talks

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has made an impassionate plea to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to take charge of Zimbabwe’s national dialogue process and bring President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the negotiating table.

While Mnangagwa has initiated his own talks with losing presidential candidates from the July 30, 2018 election, Chamisa has insisted on a neutral mediator to lead negotiations to end the country’s socio-economic problems.

“We want to see a mutually acceptable interlocutor, possibly international underwriting. We have said President Ramaphosa stands in a very good position to be an interlocutor or to be a facilitator of the processes that are supposed to come or if he is not available as a mediator he could help finding a mutually acceptable mediator,” he said.

Mnangagwa during Tuesday’s Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission summit attended by Ramaphosa said he would push on with his own political dialogue initiative even in the absence of Chamisa, who he equated to Satan.

In an SABC interview on Wednesday, Chamisa brushed off the attack and insisted Mnangagwa was a brother who with the help of South Africa needed to ensure that the aspirations of Zimbabweans were not blocked by a toxic environment.

“Zimbabwe and South Africa are inseparable, so when one catches a cold the other one sneezes. So we want to make sure that the one who is sick is treated, so that there is good cooperation on the basis of what is beneficial to the people of Africa, the people of South Africa and people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Sadc and Ramaphosa have been silent on the alleged human rights violations which have rocked the country but the United States extended sanctions against key individuals in government, including Mnangagwa and institutions linked to the State, while the European Union has come out strongly and threatened to reimpose the sanctions which it lifted in 2014.

Chamisa said regardless, he had hope and will continue knocking on the doors of Sadc and regional leaders to ensure the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe were realised.

“We share the same aspirations as Africans, so unity, reaching out and dialogue is important. We must have synergies on infrastructure, on the vision and regional and continental integrations – that is a given. So the coming of President Ramaphosa would be welcome, so the people of Zimbabwe would want to make sure that we remove all the toxic issues,” he said.

Chamisa goes to congress this May where he faces a litmus test on his democratic credentials and electability within internal party structures.

Zanu PF, according to insiders, had high stakes in the MDC congress, because Chamisa’s defeat will effectively end the legitimacy challenge that has been stalling the dialogue process.

“The sticking point is President Mnangagwa does not want legitimacy on the agenda, while Chamisa claims his crown was stolen. If he loses at congress, the next MDC leader can’t talk about legitimacy, so it clears the way for talks and settles the legitimacy talk,” said a Zanu PF source. But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said his party had no dogs in the MDC internal processes. 

were not blocked by a toxic environment.

“Zimbabwe and South Africa are inseparable, so when one catches a cold the other one sneezes. So we want to make sure that the one who is sick is treated, so that there is good cooperation on the basis of what is beneficial to the people of Africa, the people of South Africa and people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Sadc and Ramaphosa have been silent on the alleged human rights violations which have rocked the country but the United States extended sanctions against key individuals in government, including Mnangagwa and institutions linked to the State, while the European Union has come out strongly and threatened to reimpose the sanctions which it lifted in 2014.

Chamisa said regardless, he had hope and will continue knocking on the doors of Sadc and regional leaders to ensure the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe were realised.

“We share the same aspirations as Africans, so unity, reaching out and dialogue is important. We must have synergies on infrastructure, on the vision and regional and continental integrations – that is a given. So the coming of President Ramaphosa would be welcome, so the people of Zimbabwe would want to make sure that we remove all the toxic issues,” he said.

Chamisa goes to congress this May where he faces a litmus test on his democratic credentials and electability within internal party structures.

Zanu PF, according to insiders, had high stakes in the MDC congress, because Chamisa’s defeat will effectively end the legitimacy challenge that has been stalling the dialogue process.

“The sticking point is President Mnangagwa does not want legitimacy on the agenda, while Chamisa claims his crown was stolen. If he loses at congress, the next MDC leader can’t talk about legitimacy, so it clears the way for talks and settles the legitimacy talk,” said a Zanu PF source. But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said his party had no dogs in the MDC internal processes. 

7 Comments

  1. LOST PAPER. BOUGHT BY ZANU. WE ARE IN TROUBLE WITH THIS KIND OF REPORTING

    1. Nerrison Chamisa

      You Shit you are really shit not to see reality. Chamisa is now begging for negotiating with someone he does not acknowledge. Chamisa uri duzvi because all people with your surname and even first name are suffering in Zimbabwe. Look at yourself and address news people that you are on your own not to tarnish others.

  2. Chamisa needs to explain his legitimacy which goes beyond the Zimbabwean constitutional court . Mnangagwa is president of Zimbabwe up to the 2023 elections . What does he want to be negotiated on that issue ? As Zimbabweans what we want is the economic issue which does not need a mediator . All that is needed is the involvement of all interested parties .
    Chamisa wants power and power is given by the people through elections and not back door dialogue . If chamisa is serious about the economy , he should join the the Mnangagwa initiated dialogue .

  3. Dear NewsDay
    Please make sure you edit your pieces before disseminating to the wider audience

  4. I sincerely doubt Ramaphosa’s or SA government’s desire to see Zim economy function again. To them a weak Zim is ideal because it is basically a large supermarket for SA goods and services. Also a lot of Zim’s skilled labour force is working in SA. To them the status quo has to maintained. To maintain the status quo zanu pf has to remain in power, at whatever cost. SA knows zanu pf does not have the capacity, stakeholders confidence and critically the international goodwill that Zim requires to rebuild its once vibrant economy.

  5. The beautiful ones are not yet born

    We don’t need foreigners to enable us to talk. Find credible man and women in Zimbabwe to lead the discussion. There is a lot of principled Church Leaders who can take on that role. This whole dialogue issue is just cheap politics now and in really doubt if it will help anyone.

    The last thing we need from these talks is a power sharing agreement because defeats the foundation of democracy. If we shake that idea out of our heads, then we will have fruitful and beneficial dialogue.

  6. The beautiful ones are not yet born

    Leave Ramaphosa alone… This is not his issue

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