No to GNU talks — Chamisa

HARARE - MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he will not be “tricked” into a government of national unity (GNU) like what happened with the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, in 2008.

Chamisa poured cold water on sentiments that he must smoke a peace pipe with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to stem an economic Armageddon which has condemned the majority of the populace into the darkest depths of poverty.

“I don’t know what they will be inviting me to talk about,” he said in reference to overtures from the ruling Zanu PF party in an interview with the Voice of America.

“One thing for certain, no to GNU: No to the issue of repeating what they did to president Tsvangirai. This is a new ball game, this is a new direction. If we are to have any kind of engagement, it has to be an engagement on issues to save Zimbabwe.”

Tsvangirai, who succumbed to colon cancer in February this year, was forced into an uneasy coalition government with former president Robert Mugabe between 2008 and 2013 following inconclusive polls held five years ago.

The GNU brought a modicum of stability to the country’s economy although it suffered endless ructions, with Mugabe pulling every trick in the book to undermine Tsvangirai as a junior partner.

To avoid walking into the same trap as Tsvangirai, Chamisa said the MDC had a catalogue of conditions that must be met before they could sit down to negotiate with Zanu PF.

“We have to put on the table five critical issues that have to be discussed. First, one is the issue of legitimacy; the issue of the will of the people.

“It doesn’t make sense for people to go for an election, vote for a candidate of their choice only for that vote to be disregarded, discarded and ignored.

“We want the vote to count; we want the voice of the people to be respected.

“For that to happen, we need to understand the contours of engagement, the terrain of engagement. Who does what, when and how?” said the MDC leader, who still insists he won the July 30 presidential election.

Chamisa, who lost his appeal in the Constitutional Court, denied reports there are on-going behind-the-scenes discussions between him and Mnangagwa.

He said: “Let me state categorically, definitively and authoritatively that I have not had any discussion or any talks with Mnangagwa or any of his representatives.”

Chamisa said he does not want to be a leader of opposition in Parliament as had been suggested by Mnangagwa and diplomats in the United Kingdom and the European Union.

“I have seen a lot of things that Chamisa want to do this, I am actually surprised. I do not want to be the Prime Minister; I never said that I want to be a Prime Minister.

“I do not want to be the leader of opposition in Parliament because I am not part of the opposition; we are the ruling and reigning party.

Interestingly, a State newspaper floated the idea of Chamisa pushing to become the country’s prime minister at the weekend.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo emphatically said there was no need for another GNU.

“The challenges we have are being addressed. So, what is the need for that?” he said.

Analysts believe, however, that another power-sharing government between the ruling Zanu PF and the MDC would be one of the steps critical to the restoration of economic stability in the country.

Comments (10)

go to hell power hungry brat

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 10 October 2018

Chamisa will soon become irrelevant if he continues on with this delusion. Zimbabwe will soon realize that we don't need him or any of his thugs that accosted Madame Khupe for asserting her democratic rights.

Order - 10 October 2018

Those 2 commentators above don't refer yourselves as majority of zim that we. The majority of zim voted for him the one who is power hungry is the one who stole the victory from him it's his right to claim what is his it's not a crime soon or later we will all see that he is not delusional as you say. the state of of the country shows how clueless is the thief and murderer ED it's a pity that you guys are brainwashed such that u can't see that the same ed who killed more than 20 000 people in gukurahundi massacre is the one who denied Tsvangirai's victory in 2008 in the shadow of Bob and later on admitted that Bob lost to Tsvangirai and he is still the same man claim to be a changed man shame on you i don't know which world are living in

Innocent - 11 October 2018

Innocent is suffering fr from some feat of madness.What did Chamisa won his fictitious elections?In zimbabwe ino iyi has lost to Mnangagwa 43.1% to 50,8% ,and failed to convince the court the exact nature of the alleged electoral fraud;if any in case any one wants to doubt the zim justice system why didn't Chamisa take his clear evidence either to American courts or the relevant department of the united nations,sadc etc-n credible justice system & be heard there.He didn't bec he clearly knew he had no case,could be humiliated there-Chamisa chibhuru chadzingwa chaakungotungatunga mashanga ne shungu asi chichitya

addmore gudo - 11 October 2018

Chamisa chingori chibhuru mashanga chongo boora chichitunga mashanga ne shungu dzokudzingwa -asi vanhu tese tavakungoziva kuti hapana zviripo;kunyagwe ne ma supporters acho aakungoziva for sure kuti hapana zviripo

addmore gudo - 11 October 2018

Ini ndinotsigira MDC kusvika ndafa and i know the majority of Zimbabwe vanofungawo seni saka iwe Addmore Gudo enda unowukurira makudo kugomo asingazive kuti zanu pf idofo, mbavha, mhondi... satani chaiye, kwete isu vanhu........ failure to prove a case it does not mean you are wrong you know, mbavha dzakaita sezanu dzinokubira dzokuti huya titonge nyaya yako so you will never win....

Learnmore Kativhu - 11 October 2018

I bleed more Zimbabwean than Zanu PF or MDC. The nation is far bigger than any individual or political whim / party. Chamisa definitely lacks leadership maturity, wisdom and nation building qualities. For one who claims to be a Christian some of your talk and actions are appalling. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God". This does not in any way exonorate the Zanu PF government, but we see in President Mnangagwa tangible efforts to reform and rebuild the nation and economy. Time will tell. Chamisa consistent rambling about him being the legitimate leader should cease if you need credibility. As long as you have no respect for the other side a sizable number of the population will also not respect you. If you fail to prove to the judge the stolen wallet is yours then you cannot claim the wallet. You had no tangible evidence to support your stolen election victory claim. All you are doing is to sway the gullible. The economic situation has made people gullible to every lie and promise of a better future. Whoever was going to take over after Mugabe was in for a tough ride.

Daniel 5 - 11 October 2018

Chamisa still in election mode? He must look for a job in the USA. Chamisa and Biti appealed to the US to extend economic sanctions on Zimbabwe. That was very strange, inviting a foreign country to sabotage your own country. Is this not treason??

Ndiani Ndiani - 11 October 2018

Iyo economy yacho irikuda kugadzirwa naED and friends iyi, havasiivo vakaiputsa here. Saka uku kutsvaga kurapwa nemuroyi akakuroyaka uku!

Bits - 11 October 2018

Edmore Gudo u can bark whatever you want but that's doesn't take away the truth of ED is a murderer u can say I'm sick but we all know that is the truth gukurahundi is hunting him. Ndiyani said Biti na Chamisa went to USA to beg for sanctions you are so delusional that's why I mentioned it earlier that you guys are being brainwashed washed u have no evidence of that like the plan truth of gukurahundi written all over the face of Zimbabwe people who won the elections are failing to provide now you Gudo talk about lack of leadership on Chamisa shame what are those who have leadership qualities doing right now hahahahaha

Innocent - 11 October 2018

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