Chamisa heaps pressure on ED

HARARE - As Zimbabwe's economy continues to deteriorate, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa cranked up the political heat on President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling Zanu PF yesterday — calling for the immediate establishment of a transitional authority to stabilise the country.

In a petition which the MDC handed over to Parliament and the presidency after thousands of its supporters marched in Harare — which was copied to Sadc chairperson Hage Geingob of Namibia and African Union chairperson Paul Kagame of Rwanda — Chamisa said a transitional authority was the only viable route back to political legitimacy in the country.

The youthful politician also told his die-hard supporters who braved the deluge of rain that has been hammering the capital, that yesterday’s massive demonstration was a sign that long-suffering Zimbabweans were desperate for an end to the country’s current political and economic crises.

This comes after Mnangagwa — speaking through his spokesperson George Charamba in an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Wednesday, said he was open to talks with Chamisa, on the strict understanding that the MDC leader recognised the president as the legitimate winner of the country’s hotly-disputed July 30 election.

This, in turn, came after Chamisa and his key lieutenant Tendai Biti had earlier on Monday told the Commission of Inquiry probing the August 1 shootings in Harare — which left at least six civilians dead — that political dialogue was the only solution to ending the country’s political and economic problems.

Addressing his supporters, who were protesting the falling standards of living in the country and the government’s recent unpopular economic revival measures, Chamisa also said Zimbabwe could not afford “one day longer” without addressing the worsening local political and economic situation.

“Firstly, we are saying to Mnangagwa let’s have negotiations. You must come and sit down so that we can solve the current economic crisis.

“Zimbabweans are suffering. The crisis in the country is a crisis of governance, confidence, legitimacy and leadership. How can we solve this?

“We are saying let us unite. On our side we have good leadership qualities and you lack leadership qualities. So, we must unite and map the way forward,” Chamisa told his exuberant supporters.

“Some say that the country must move forward, and so we must let it be. But we are saying, the only way the country can move forward is a transitional authority which is a result of dialogue, where we say we are not agreed on who is the legitimate leader and agree to work together,” he said further.

Charamba said Mnangagwa was not against holding talks with Chamisa, and had actually engaged the opposition leader in the run-up to the hotly disputed July 30 polls — with the MDC boss allegedly moving to scupper the positive dialogue subsequently.

“You may also want to know, and I am making this disclosure for the first time, that way before we went for elections — at the height of the election campaigns, and even after the elections — there were lots of back channel communications between Zanu PF and MDC.

“Some of the players are pretending to be very radical today but we know better and the MDC Alliance knows what’s on offer.

“There was an extraordinary amount of goodwill which they fluffed. One hopes that goodwill still subsists ... but anyway, now that they have given that indication,
let’s wait for the commission to make its recommendations and then move forward and see how this action pans out.

“But a key pre-condition is that there must be a recognition of ED as the winner of the 2018 elections … there are no two ways about that,” Mnangagwa’s trusted spokesperson said emphatically.

Chamisa also told his supporters yesterday that he had appraised regional leaders and the African Union on the need for dialogue in the country — and had given them
copies of the petition which was delivered to Parliament and Mnangagwa’s offices soon after the demonstration.

The petition gave an overview of the “dire” political and economic situation in the country, allegedly as a result of poor governance by Mnangagwa’s administration.

“We have taken this petition to Sadc because that’s our regional body. I am going to meet the president of Namibia very soon to officially articulate and explain the nuts and bolts of this document.

“We have also taken this document to AU chairman Paul Kagame,” the charismatic Chamisa boomed.

Zimbabwe was forced into a government of national unity (GNU) a decade ago, following the hotly-disputed 2008 presidential election in which the late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai trounced former president Robert Mugabe.

The results of those elections were withheld for six long weeks by stunned authorities — amid widespread allegations of ballot tampering and fraud, which were later revealed by former bigwigs of the ruling party.

In the ensuing sham presidential run-off, which authorities claimed was needed to determine the winner, Zanu PF apparatchiks engaged in an orgy of violence in which hundreds of Tsvangirai’s supporters were killed — forcing the former prime minister in the inclusive government to withdraw from the discredited race altogether.

Mugabe went on to stand in a widely-condemned one-man race in which he shamelessly declared himself the winner.

However, Sadc and the rest of the international community would have none of it, forcing the nonagenarian to share power with Tsvangirai for five years, to prevent the country from imploding completely.

Chamisa narrowly lost to Mnangagwa in the July 30 presidential election, before he went on to accuse the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of manipulating the results in favour of the Zanu PF leader.

But Mnangagwa’s victory was later upheld by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that Chamisa had failed to provide evidence that he had won the election.

Meanwhile, angry MDC supporters yesterday turned on one of their vice presidents, Elias Mudzuri — who was forced to abort his address to them, as tempers flared over his recent meeting with Mnangagwa at the president’s offices on Monday.

Mudzuri was booed by the bumper crowd after MDC national organising secretary Amos Chibaya had sought to have him greet the supporters, before Chamisa’s arrival.

In the end, and very ominously for him, he failed to even chant the party’s slogans, as his voice was drowned out by the heckling from the rowdy crowd — which broke into a derogatory  song “tengesa uone mashura” (just sell out and see what will happen).

As a result, the emotional Mudzuri had to leave the venue altogether.

Mudzuri angered MDC officials and party supporters after he understandably attended a meeting of Parliament leaders with Mnangagwa at his Zimbabwe House offices on Monday.

He attended the meeting in his capacity as the leader of the opposition in the Senate. However, his colleague Prosper Mutseyami — who is MDC chief whip in the National Assembly — snubbed the meeting.


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Comments (11)

the problem with chamisa is that he is now unemployed thus he is looking into his own welfare. instead of arranging for a marriage with ed he should have been establishing structures in the rural areas where zanu continues to dominate like lately in mutoko. he is preparing to bark again in 2023 if trounced by zanu. aka kabharanzi kemunhu that is why ed refers to him as kashiri.

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 30 November 2018

@ mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - good observation! Chamisa is finished! He is only strong in the imagination of the Daily News that chooses such an inappropriate headline. ED does not really need Chamisa, as Chamisa only plays to the gallery of urban supporters! Clearly he does not have grassroots structures in rural areas. He is afraid of by-elections like the one his party lost dismally in Mutoko, hence need an urgent position in government!

Mhofu Chaiyo - 30 November 2018

Mukovhe you are the most daft person ever.If there is anyone who is finished,it is you and your family.Chamisa is an advocate and can easily lead a very good life without politics.It is you and your family who are finished because you can hardly provide all the basics for you family.Urikunhonga masvosve nemuromo iwe woti Chamisa is finished.You cant even afford to buy a pant for your wife,iwe woti Chamisa is finished.Wake up and think for yourself ,dont let zanu pf think on your behalf.

Mapenzi mu Zimbabwe haaperi! - 30 November 2018

@mapenzi uri mapenzi chaiwo in one, legion chaiye. check my ip address ndiri overseas bhururu and for you own info am a better lawyer than chamisa asina kuhwina kana case ye maintenance kana one. am hardcore mdc member but handingobvumi zveupwere zvaari kuita. one thing for sure ngwena will never leave chimuti for kashiri nero never. zvinotoda wisdom to know that which you and chamisa both lack. uri bvumbura, chisakuraabwe, sekausavi, mharapatsetsetse, chigananda hausi munhu.

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 30 November 2018

Thank you MR Chamisa to have e peaceful demonstration that is to show maturity and respect the right of others which important to all Zimbabweans.Your speech is sign of become a man from boy with no hostility words but more constructive one. I salute you.But then where I disagreed with you said our economy is deteriorating that it needed your hand for negotiations to solve it by forming other GNU{Transitional Authority}TA.TA is going to consume more tax payers' money and time consuming to negotiate for posts in cabinet. Mr Chamisa lets us allow these untested men and women to show their offers.We have tested you , Mr Biti and others for previous GNU, to be honest with you. You all failed to solve economy crisis for clear five years so no new ideas and plans that we can expect from you.What you can do now is chip in your suggestions and inputs to cabinet by correcting where feel they off the road and expose corruptions, poor governance and illegalities. Mr Chamisa will becoming true patriotic citizen.Believe me or not at the moment this cabinet is thinking out of the box by solving our economy challenges with the available resources on our hands which has been failed to be done by previous cabinets included your GNU.With only four months in office the cabinet shows more favorable outcomes than negatives with more praised at home and abroad than any of our previous cabinet.Mr Chamisa give this cabinet other six months or a year and we make a comparison with your previous GNU. what I like with this cabinet, it talk with actions errors or not but showed seriousness in them that was lacking for your GNU .Mr Chamisa been patient with ED's men and women to see their promise if it is a truly goose golden egg. Thank you.

Voice - 30 November 2018

Can anyone show me EDMs grand strategist? Or point our his grand strategy for Zimbabwe, for his supporters, for the youth, for the women, for business, for miners. I have never seen one so impoverished ideologically. Please help him for the sake of the country.

New Dispensation - 30 November 2018

Mukovhe cant you see that u hv exposed yoself as a poorly trained agent of your sinking ZPF party of thieves and murderers. You and yo masters have made mothers widows, children orphans and you r being paid to sit in an office to read the Daily news and swiftly attack Nero, clawing at anything attributed to him with the hostility of a desperate bootlicker. We r in the mess we r now becoz of idiots like you. Damn it man, do u still hv a head above your shoulders?

El Nino - 30 November 2018

Chamisa IS HIS OWN MESS! He is a demagogue, a liar, thuggish and a thief! He is unprincipled. Saka ndichiti kune leadership crisis ku MDC-A. If demos and his lies are a way to put pressure on ED for dialogue and inclusion, and Daily Lies buys that, then its an exercise in futility. ED has dialogue with all sane minded people and citizens, saka iye Chamisa arikutadza neyi kukwana ipapo pane vamwe! Kuda kuzvi "bigger", manje uchangosvika 2023 asina kumbonhuhwidza power mu ma corridors ayo. He is NOW desperate, now instead of tasting some power, he is likely to smell something else in Chikurubi.. HAMENO IKOKO!!!

Will Blackman - 30 November 2018

Thank you New Dispensation for not see the positives that is initiated by ED's strategist but only negatives. I am going to give only one point because there are many of them. He introduced 2 cents tax to increase his Budget to 8 billion dollars from 5 billion now more than Zambia's 6 billion.90% of previous 5 billion was for salary that is 4.5 billion and 0.5 for development.Now 8 b subtract 4.5 b for salary then it mean we have 3.5 b for development with assuming that there is not salary increment but 5% salary cut for top in gvt plus retired youth officers then again gvt employees are going to be bonus calculated on salary based less money to them. Only through these you can see less salary than 4.5 b is going to spend Early next year ghost workers are going to be flashed out meaning cut salary pay out. if Mr New D you need more for you see we can share I am willing.

Voice - 30 November 2018

@el nino wakafunda seri kwema cover. if chamisa is behaving like a monkey you want me to keep quiet since am an mdc member, never. neither is ediot doing any good vakangofanana and we are doomed till 2023 provided both parties come up with better candidates than the two monkeys from karangaland. maybe mumanyika or mundex will do better like morgan and mqabuko ka nyongolo.

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 1 December 2018

@voice - your analysis maybe good but guys from the finance Ministry have not said that. now when there is no information, speculation sets in and all hell break loose. what you say is speculative and you have every right to your opinion. ask me i will tell you that 2% is cruelty because it is taxing me twice on my salary. and i am not ever sure if even a cent will be utilised for my benmefit as remotely as possible. the last time i checked, over a million dollars was used to charter a plane for grace to attend her monther's funeral. so as you can see, this discord in policy interpretation means there is gray areas to be explained. the effect is lack in confedence which leads to panic decisions by individuals which results panic buying and hoading of commodities. the there is no confedence in us, the economy suffers as the situation we are in today. i can briefly touch on the existence of bond note at par with USD -and they want duty on car importation to be in USDs. so they know boind and USD are not the same. hipocrisy and cruelty mate-wake up and smell the coffee-nothing good will come out of these clueless, cruel corrupt leaders.

Tatanga - 1 December 2018

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