We're in talks with Chamisa: ED

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said he is in talks with MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa following the mayhem that rocked  central Harare on Wednesday.

This comes after government unleashed soldiers on civilians who were demonstrating against perceived bias by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the manner in which they handled the just-ended harmonised elections.

In a statement yesterday, Mnangagwa said he was communicating with the youthful opposition leader to try and calm the volatile situation.

“We have been in communication with Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation, and we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear.

“Together, we must lead by example and show all Zimbabweans that peace is paramount. This land is home to all of us, and we will sink or swim together,” Mnangagwa said.

However, the MDC Alliance leader said he was not willing to meet Mnangagwa.

“I have not seen Mnangagwa’s emissaries like he is claiming on twitter. I am not going to meet with Mnangagwa because there is no meeting pencilled but what I can say is that I got a call from Home Affairs minister (Obert Mpofu) who claimed to have been phoning on behalf of Vice President (Constantino) Chiwenga to say that we have to restrain people from being violent.

“I then told them that these people are normal citizens not necessarily MDC supporters. I am sure a lot of people who were victims are not MDC supporters,” said Chamisa.

The 40-year-old presidential aspirant also said it was unfortunate if people believed Mnangagwa’s claim that he was responsible for causing the violence in Harare.

“Look at the situation, we have an unarmed civilian who is going about his business and is attacked by live ammunition, is that normal even in a banana republic? In any case, there is no justification to kill people even if they were violent because two wrongs do not make a right,” he said.

Chamisa said they have held several peaceful demonstrations in the past because they are peace-loving as a party and as Zimbabweans.

“There is no reason to show restraint because it has always been there … but we have a very violent government and that is what we must be focusing on. I am surprised that Mnangagwa, instead of apologising and telling us who instructed the soldiers to shoot … I don’t believe that it is an individual responsible but government. Who gave the instructions to kill these innocent civilians, who have been arrested? How am I responsible for the killings as if I command an army?” Chamisa who rose to lead the MDC following the death of the party’s founding father Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year, questioned.

“We want our citizens to be calm. People have to show love. But we should warn the government to exercise restraint and show restraint. They are trying to massage the results,” Chamisa added.

This was after Zanu PF swept to an unassailable lead in Parliament, a result that the Chamisa-led MDC Alliance claims is not reflective of the will of the people, alleging that it was manipulated by Zec, the election management body whose partiality has been questioned by some international observers such as the European Union.

Mnangagwa said he was carrying out investigations to ascertain what happened on Wednesday.

He also apologised to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the military massacre.

Comments (4)

Itz indeed true that Chamisa & gang were responsible for the Hre streets violence save only that he didn't invite the army to shoot aimlessly at his protesting supporters

addmore gudo - 3 August 2018

In talks with Chamisa for what ? Aruza aruza that`s it. Kuda kuti kanganisira image yenyika nekuda kutonga. Saka anofunga kuti vakabvisa chidhoma Robert vaikura nzira kuti agoita free entry to state hhouse ? Zvimwe achishandisa pfungwa. If MDC failed to remove Mugabe there is no way they can demand an easy way to state house. Whoever thinks otherwise lives in dream land. Reality is what happened at the elections ...... and finito !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 3 August 2018

I wrote in comments moths ago that the rigging was done at 3 layers: registering and marshalling rural people at expense of urban ones; deleting or scattering suspected opposition members from the register; double registering rural people in peri-urban areas. The results were pre-calculated to get two thirds majority in parliament so as to tinker the constitution as well as get ED over the 50%+one. This is where ZANU-PF was daft as this is exactly what they went on to do. True results DO NOT produce a desired outcome like that: Just over 2/3 majority and just over 50%+one. What daft rigging,

Ropa Panyadzonya - 3 August 2018

its a shame for an aspiring leader to show traits of bad leadership maybe God has saved us who knows what we were in for if Chamisa had won

munyaradzi gonoremvuwu - 4 August 2018

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