Chamisa is being impossible: Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has described MDC leader Nelson Chamisa as being impossible after the youthful opposition politician snubbed his Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) to solve the country’s crippling economic crisis.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

In a lengthy letter to the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations, which had written to him asking for dialogue between the two main parties to pull the nation from the dark hole, Mnangagwa said he could not dance to pre-conditions set by Chamisa for national engagement.

He, instead, implored the church leaders to talk to Chamisa and convince him to join the ongoing Polad meetings that the Zanu PF leader is holding with other fringe opposition parties.

“I, as leader of Zanu PF, and as the President-elect, called for harmony and dialogue in our nation, including pointedly calling on, and inviting the leader of the MDC, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, to come on board in amity and brotherhood, to rebuild our broken peace, and reunite our people in order to take our nation forward. Specifically and pointedly, I called upon the two of us to lead by example and show Zimbabweans that peace is paramount,” Mnangagwa said.

In the spirit of building bridges, Mnangagwa said he offered Chamisa an official position as the leader of the opposition and invited him to join the national inclusive dialogue of all political leaders which he spurned.
“The MDC leader is still to requite my goodwill, so repeatedly and unconditionally expressed and extended. Much worse, he is still to respect the legitimate will of the Zimbabwean people as expressed in the results of the 2018 elections,” Mnangagwa said.

“Still, I assure you and the Heads of Christian Denominations, that I personally will not tire of going the extra mile for the sake of peace and unity in our nation. The doors of national dialogue remain wide open to all political leaders, including the MDC, which dialogue must be without pre-conditions or any sense of preferential entitlement or recognition on any one’s part, including myself.”

Chamisa has refused to be part of Mnangagwa’s talks, saying genuine engagement should be led by a neutral convener at a neutral venue.

Turning to the economy, Mnangagwa said the current hardships are unavoidable if a better tomorrow has to be created. “We must continue on the path or reforms in spite of temporary hardships for a better tomorrow. Indeed, the signs of recovery and positive growth are now ample, with clear indications that more jobs are now being created the ever before,” he said.

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6 Comments

  1. No neutral convener and venue no dialogue, he can continue his circus in POLAD.

  2. There no need of having tea party called POLAD you need one person Chamisa but you need a mediator. I Mugabe did it with Mbeki why not you and Chamisa. We are tired of suffering Mr President otherwise we shall just reject you and Chamisa. We as Zimbabweans we need good life like anyone in this world. Dambudzo taneta nedambudziko.

    1. Then the boy has to wait for 2023 which I doubt he will win.

      1. It’s not about your so called “the boy”. Think better, think Zimbabweans, ask and answer yourself (uzvivhunze uchizvipindura) e.g. why does a mere “boy” attract so many votes; the boy had among many Zimbas was severely assaulted, some lost everything let alone lives. But why does your so called “the boy” endure?

  3. ko mwari varikupi vana ve zimbabwe tichitambudzika ko mwari vari kupi mabasa achishaikwa ko mwari varikupi magetsi mvura zvichinetsa kudai ko mwari varikupi zvinhu zvichidai zimbabwe yaiva nyika ye huchi nemukaka surely truth be told God is not in our politics God is not part of whats happening in our country surely the day he will rise every man on earth will be shocked

  4. churches of today do not reflect the churches of the old were priests of the old spent time in prayer were priests spoke to God face to face as man speaking to a friend the voice voice of God was audible now churches are business centered prophets are mindful of riches of the world its who has nice cars nice houses and who is who in the modern world churches dont have a clue on the plans of god for this country so they cant recommend anything or make any leader listen to what they say talks can not fix our economy dialogue can not fix our economy

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