We need each other to solve Zim crisis: President

BY OBEY MANAYITI

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is pinning hopes of improving the country’s situation on the national political dialogue that he launched amid pomp and fanfare in Harare yesterday.
The country is undergoing serious economic challenges which have been worsened by foreign currency shortages that have seen the United States dollar parallel market rate ballooning in the past week.

The economic challenges have pushed the cost of living beyond the reach of many.

In his remarks during the official launch of the dialogue, Mnangagwa said the situation demanded that all stakeholders must discuss in earnest to find collective strategies to arrest the challenges.

“The dialogue we are launching today will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on our country’s political landscape and help contribute to the turnaround of our socio-economic fortunes,” he said.

“This platform is designed to be a vibrant forum through which we proffer solutions to the challenges that confront us as a nation, through peaceful, open and transparent discourse. The culture of dialogue we begin today must, indeed be synonymous with us as a nation and as a people. This journey we are embarking on must ultimately lead us towards improving our democratic practices and culture.”

He implored Zimbabweans to work together to harness the vast potential that the country is possesses.

Declaring that the time for electioneering was over and urging political parties to re-direct their energies towards socio-economic transformation. Mnangagwa said: “However, in view of the reality that the major concern is on the need for economic resuscitation which cannot be solved by political parties alone, it has, therefore, been agreed that other stakeholders who are deemed essential can always be invited to participate in the dialogue.”

Although, the main contender during the July 30, 2018 elections in terms of votes, the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC is not part of the process, a majority of those who participated have endorsed Mnangagwa’s leadership and reiterating the need to come up with collective solutions to the country’s problems.

The parties signed the code of conduct that will bind their operations and conduct during the tenure of the talks.

Various political leaders urged the nation to shrug off the “small parties” tag, insisting that they were important players whose views must be taken aboard for national development.

MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe said the political parties have shown leadership qualities by agreeing to participate in the dialogue.

She also showered praises to Mnangagwa for initiating the dialogue.

“Once again, I want to thank my colleagues for the very fact that they decided to put their heads on the block despite all the attacks and the prophets of doom who want this dialogue to fail. We were referred to as small political parties or that we have no people, but regardless of that you continued to this day. Let me also thank you (ED) for your commitment,” Khupe said.

South African ambassador to Zimbabwe Mphakama Mbete applauded Zimbabwe for the initiative, saying the Southern African Development Community region stood ready to assist in any way to ensure the dialogue endures.

“We are grateful that the leadership of Zimbabwe has established the dialogue voluntarily,” Mbete said.

“This is a demonstration by an African country working on an African problem to get an African solution. The success of the dialogue will have far reaching consequences to the region.”

Meanwhile, the President urged the media to be sincere on the dialogue.

“I particularly want to appeal to our brothers and sisters from the media to play a constructive role in our dialogue, nation-building and other critical national processes.

“In all mature democracies the world over, the media is a critical partner in nation building. The media must, therefore, resist the temptation to be a vehicle for sowing seeds of division and despondency among the citizenry,” he said.

9 Comments

  1. I don’t see how that dialogue is going to turn around the economic fortunes of the country, what is the intended outcome a GNU but hereagain all participants are not disputing ED’s regime so whats init for them…cabinet posts?! To turn around the economy ED now has his political party (policy holders) elders Chinamasa & co, then his Cabinet (which he doesn’t seem to trust), then his official advissors Mutsvangwa and them, then his other Presidential Advissors – the 11 commissioners Tagwirei & co (one respectable clergy snubbed that offer) now this latest presidential aspirants circus. The man is indeed clueless moving from pillar to pole.

  2. ED, our country Zimbabwe needs every citizen to work to repair the corrupt years of Mugabe.
    Our Government has failed us so far, far to indoctrinated in political power, failing to work on the Zimbabwean power !!!!!!!!!!!
    Our country needs every person, political, colour, creed, age, etc, to rise above the crisis to date. We all look forward to your unbiased platform going forward.

  3. @Sinyo, that’s inclusivity for you ! What would u rather have in place of that?

    1. I would rather have a leaner robust competent professional cabinet and a few (just 5) advisors. The reforms and policies i will implement are common knowledge now. Then on the political dialogue – i would engage with those that are challenging my electoral victory not as a player and referee but through an independent convener, churches civic society and business will also be included.

    2. Tokwe-Mukosi, the inclusivity is at the expense of the taxi-payer. Besides the various advisory efforts undermines or duplicates other existing frameworks. For example the Presidential Advisory Council undermines the cabinet as well as zanupf political party as the ruling party. POLAD undermines or duplicates the Constitutionally mandated National Peace and Reconciliation Commission which is failing due to lack of resources while ED hosts losers (presidential aspirants)

  4. Can someone explain to me simply why Chamisa keeps on agreeing, then pulling out of dialogue with the President’s faction of ZanuPF?. I have completely lost the plot.
    Dialogue is the logical way to go. How can any disagreement be settled unless the opponents discuss the bone of contention? Is Chamisa hell bent on completely destroying Zimbabwe? If not can someone explain how the current behaviour is helping the ordinary people of Zim?

    1. As things currently stand Chamisa has no mandate to serve the people of Zimbabwe from the crunching economic crisis. But since those who allegedly won the right to run the affairs of the country have failed, perhaps the way to go is to engage credible (2.6 million votes) opposition. Any dialogue will have conditions – give and take – right now both ED and Chamisa are maintaining their hardline stance. I am not aware of any dialogue Chamisa has agreed on then pulled out.

  5. George Charamba

    ED claims he was voted into power. He must deliver what he said he was going to deliver. He does not need the opposition to start working on things in his party’s manifesto. How does an unelected opposition change or improve the economy when they do not have any executive power? Why is his team failing to deliver? And what help does he need from the opposition which he thinks cannot be found in ZANU PF? Chamisa has no directive power to any state organs. ED must deliver what he promised to Zimbabwe, and stop fooling us with fake dialogues. People voted him to deliver them. He said he would do better than Mugabe, yet he cant do a thing!

  6. JUST REMEMBER. WHEN cYCLONE IDAI HIT IT WAS NOT ECONOMICALLY OR PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT ALONE TO FIX THE DAMAGE. BUT WE ARE ZIMBABWEANS, AND TOGETHER WITH THE DIASPORA, EVERYONE DID WHATEVER THEY COULD AND AMAZED THE REST OF HE WORLD, AND OURSELVES!!
    YES WE CAN FIX ZIMBABWE. JUST STOP THE POINTING FINGER AND MALICIOUS TONGUE AND PULL TOGETHER.
    ONE WONDERS HOW MUCH THE DETRACTORS AND DOOM SAYERS HOPE TO GAIN BY RESISTING. HAVE THEY GOT SOME DEVIOUS PLAN HIDDEN AWAY SOMEWHERE? CORRUPTION IS NOT CONFINED TO ONLY ONE SECTOR OF THE POPULATION YOU KNOW!

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