MDC on diplomatic offensive

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

The opposition MDC party has embarked on a diplomatic charm offensive to force Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government into talks, which the party says should help move the country forward.

Chamisa’s newly-elected deputy Tendai Biti is currently in the United Kingdom and yesterday met Minister of State Harriet Baldwin to discuss the current crisis the country is facing, including the way forward with Zimbabwe edging closer to the brink of civil unrest as the economy tanks.

On her official Twitter account, Baldwin confirmed meeting Biti, pledging that the UK would continue to engage and listen to both Chamisa and Mnangagwa until a solution is found for the Zimbabwean crisis.

“Good discussion with MDC vice-president Biti today on the current situation in Zimbabwe. We continue to listen to the views of Zimbabweans on all sides of the debate,” Baldwin tweeted after the meeting.

Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said the meeting gave the MDC a chance to give its side of the story and how they see things unfolding if the issue is not handled.

“Honourable Tendai Biti met with the Honourable minister of African Affairs in the British government, MP Baldwin,” Sibanda said.

“They discussed a number of things, including the current socio-economic and political situation. The UK government had already put out an elaborate statement the day before that meeting about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, indicating that it had worsened since 2016-17.

“So the UK government had already taken a position from its own research, that Zimbabwe is drifting and falling into the abyss of human rights abuses.”

Biti, according to Sibanda, said he was concerned about the human rights abuses in the country, which has seen the arrest and harassment of civil society members.

He said Biti emphasised the need for Zimbabwe to progress through the stabilisation of the economy and observing human rights.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, where he was launching his book Making Africa Awake, Biti said Zimbabwe was suffering from the crisis of legitimacy because the 2018 general elections were still contested.

“… the election of 2018 remains contested. The crisis of legitimacy remains at the fore of the crisis in Zimbabwe as I talk to you right now,” he said.

“Six months after the elections, we have a huge crisis; the crisis of legitimacy. We have a huge political crisis in which political space is being closed. As I speak to you right now, there are seven political activists that are languishing in prison. Their crime was to have a democracy meeting in Maldives. As I speak to you right now, leaders of civil society, including trade union leaders, are visited and harassed by State security agents.”

Biti said Zimbabwe was facing hyperinflation of over 300% owing to a serious dislocation of monetary policy, where the country was using four platforms of pricing systems, while salaries remained static.

Biti also added that there was a possibility that Mnangagwa could face an internal revolt as pressure mounts amid allegations of divisions in the regimes cockpit.

9 Comments

  1. A total waste of time. Africa does not have time for these stooges of the West.

  2. Makunotitaurira henyu zve, personally I no longer support this method. Since the days of Mogiza, we have been visiting these nations and telling them about how bad we are treating one another and nothing has been coming out except their punishments (Sanctions or isolation) which has been costing the nation. I think let’s come up with other methods that work gentlemen that do not cause the suffering of people. I believe solutions are within our boarders. With you our political leaders.

    1. internal discussions are okay but we need to involve key external partners to solve our problems, since the world is now a global village

  3. Watseni waMaungwe

    Shefu, you are on a mission to launch your book, but it also make sense to do diplomacy kkk

  4. Having said that, the British should take over the country so that the economy stabilizes and Biti is made minister of finance. Amen.

  5. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, I think mavheti anenge achingotiseka kuti maface aya masascam, kkkkkkkkkkk, they cant their issues vega. I am still puzzled, Biti was just elected last week if not 2 weeks ago sa VP ku Gweru and the next thing he does is a trip to the UK. Honestly, what solution are you seeking in UK nhai Tendai. Saka tikakupai chimuti, muchatonga here kana kuti muchange muchitongerwa. I rest my case.

    African solutions lies in Africa and the sooner all our leaders in Africa learn that, the better for us.

  6. Really, is it a diplomatic offensive or Biti was in the UK on a personal private mission for the launch of a book he co-authored with the former Nigerian President Obasanjo.

  7. I am beginning to doubt the effectiveness of MDC after Tswangirai. Tsvangirai was the only leader who could make Zanu shake and people act. These Chamisas um beginning to doubt their leadership qualities. Its only talk talk but they really cant mobilise people to act like wat Tsvangson would do. Those days we could actually ‘feel’ we have an opposition. So in summary um just saying we no longer have a strong opposition in Zimbabwe thats why Zanu is making zimbabweans their playground.

  8. Comment…guys which ever way we look at it we need these westners.look east failed,Im sure opposition is doing something here,I did not see a calling for more sanctions apa

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