ED, Chamisa plan collapses

HARARE - Prospects for dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa now hang by the thread in spite of attempts by western power brokers to get them to smoke a peace pipe, the Daily News can report.

Mnangagwa is presently under pressure to strike a deal with Chamisa to end political tensions inflamed by the closely-fought July 30 plebiscite in which the Zanu PF leader edged his nemesis by a razor-thin margin.

The European Union and Britain have particularly been linked to behind-the-scenes manoeuvres to get Mnangagwa to recognise Chamisa as the official opposition leader in order to placate the youthful politician who is refusing to accept the poll outcome.

While Mnangagwa, who is currently in the United States – attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York –has revealed that he is ready to accept Chamisa as the official opposition leader, his rival has rejected the arrangement, throwing the whole plan into disarray.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi had already indicated that once the two leaders have hammered a deal, the country’s Constitution would need to be amended to give Chamisa a role in the legislative assembly.

Following Mnangagwa’s pronouncements, Chamisa has come up with a plethora of conditions he says the Zanu PF leader should first meet before any engagements take place.

Describing Mnangagwa’s offer as mafia-style, and an attempt to buy him with a few pieces of silver, Chamisa said his bitter rival must first accept that he is an “illegitimate leader”.

The former student leader said, through his spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda, that he declines Mnangagwa’s offer as it is an attempt to bribe him into accepting results of a “sham election”.

“He (Chamisa) despises the Mafia-coloured politics where the gang leader thinks that all problems are solved by the parcelling of perks and positions. Zimbabwe is bigger than people who believe that they can abuse State coffers to corruptly buy the presidency they lost in an election. This mentality is simply old school for our times it is unrecognisable in this century,” said Sibanda.

Yesterday, Zanu PF responded by describing Chamisa as childish as prospects for dialogue between the two parties fizzle out due to the contentious issue of legitimacy.
Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said Mnangagwa has gone out of his way like a true statesman to engage his rival but they will not force “crybabies” into negotiations.

“We can’t force them to behave to be normal people, the president will continue to handle the situation like a true and mature statesman, it’s up to them to behave as normal opposition or crybabies, our president is a statesman, he is a leader, unfortunately we have that kind of opposition who are sore losers but that will not stop the country from running, we will not lose sleep over sore losers,” said Mangwana.

Political observers told the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwa, who is battling to revive the country’s economy through wooing investors to Zimbabwe, must accommodate Chamisa otherwise his efforts to reengage the world will fail.

Professor of World Politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies Stephen Chan said Mnangagwa should match his rhetoric with action.

“Everyone is also waiting for concrete results to emerge in his policies that suggest he is serious in his fine words. This includes stabilising the economy and relations with the International Monetary Fund, some sense of capacity to deal with the cholera outbreak and, above all, achieving a guaranteed space for the opposition to do its work of questioning and opposing government policy at both the legislative and local levels,” said Chan.

Crisis Coalition director Piers Pigou also said Mnangagwa is under pressure to accommodate the opposition.

“Many eyes will be on Emmerson Mnangagwa, especially to hear how he intends to build on the general commitments he had made with respect to economic reform and addressing political polarisation,” said Pigou.

Comments (12)

The arrangement seems only to have some sense,but the point remain that all our big economic players-the manufacturers;bankers,wholesallers& the international community at large must stop to engage in partisan politics in zimbabwe,now that Mnangagwa has chosen to reform;otherwise losers must b losers & winners will become winners in an election;those failed should try next time

addmore gudo - 26 September 2018

Let`s not fool ourselves , the ECONOMY WILL NEVER BE RIGGED and Zinbabwe needs the international community more than the international community needs Zimbabwe .

cde Justice - 26 September 2018

Let`s not fool ourselves , the ECONOMY WILL NEVER BE RIGGED and Zinbabwe needs the international community more than the international community needs Zimbabwe .

cde Justice - 26 September 2018

zimbabwe needs the international investors n international investors need zimbabwe as well.zimbabwe has what investors need.when they turned away from zim to spite mugabe n his regime they also lost good revenues n investments.they are pple who partisan who think because this party dd nt win the gvt cn nt succeed.thats sad coz if u wish the gvt nt to succeed its u n me that suffer.lets support the positive reforms which the gvt has started n i blv the gvt is nailing it right

isaiah kamanga - 26 September 2018

Chamisa wants to be president, even if half of us have to die first.

JOE - 26 September 2018

Joe u are lying why would he want people to die he doesn't have keys of economy so they speak so leave him alone they won elections let them rule as they said Chamisa will lead when his time comes people of Zimbabwe are not that dump to vote for someone who doesn't have any clue to about our economical situation people new what and who they voted only the zec and the courts are biased now they want a loser to be in their government. with what intentions no one will die so that Chamisa will be the president economy is going to sort the situation out

Innocent - 27 September 2018

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Robert Jassy - 27 September 2018

Some people are so possessed with chanyiswa as if he is a God of this country. They talk as if chanyiswa was a president of a certain country that prospered very well. You cant even understand where they get the confidence of him reviving the economy. Chanyisiwa can only be assisted to run this economy by his masters for a job well done if he dislodges ZANU PF. After all there is no need for our President to dance to the tune of a looser. Let him stay at harvest house we dont even need him. There is no need to recognize him. He is just a mere arrogant thug who doesnt deserve any recognition other than being arrested for sabotaging the economy of this country. People like innocent are on ticket at harvest house to write nonsense thats why they will never see the truth.

shunguhadziurayi - 27 September 2018

thanks cde shunguhadziurayi........ I don't know why these people think kamisa will contribute anything useful to this country as if pane kumwe kwaakamboitawo zvisvinu. he lost and why do these editors alays write suggestive articles in favour of this loser instead of teaching him to keep v11 evidence. he lost and must wait for 2023 to loose again

maxwell - 27 September 2018

#Shunguhadziurayi, their confidence lies in that he is the one calling for sanctions against his own country. When they say ' You can't rig the economy", what is implied is that unless we call for the cessation of sanctions, the country will continue to suffer. The people of Zimbabwe need to wake up and realize that these brutes are responsible for their suffering. Most of the people applauding the worsening of economic conditions are in the diaspora and don't really care what happens on the ground. Calling for sanctions should be considered a treason.

Order - 27 September 2018

Let those who think that the economy can be RIGGED rig and set us free from this ZANU type economy they started .Leave Chamisa and run Zimba the way you ran election .PLIZ seek Chigumba and Malaba for help not CHAMISA

real - 1 October 2018

guys our worst enemy is corruption, we need not point fingers at who is better than who madness but instead pray for the end of black market,corrupt practice ,nepotism among other irregularities.....son of the soil..aka the dreamer

tich mahachi - 3 October 2018

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