. . . as MDC says ED, Chamisa must meet first

HARARE - MDC vice president Morgen Komichi says the starting point for national dialogue must be a private meeting between his leader Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In an interview with the Daily News, Komichi said the two leaders must meet at a neutral venue to discuss the way forward.

“First, there must be a meeting between my president Chamisa and Mnangagwa. 

“The two must meet and agree on the general framework and agree where we should take the country to.

“We are for the inclusive process but we can’t go into a process which has got weaknesses. As for now, the environment is not conducive for dialogue as people are being beaten and arrested. 

“Every political party must be able to air its own concerns without fear.”

Last week, Mnangagwa rejected a conditional offer from the opposition party to enter into formal talks under a Sadc and AU guarantor.

Chamisa insists he is genuinely willing to enter into formal negotiations if certain conditions are met by Mnangagwa’s government.

Among his demands is mediation by a neutral third party recognisable to Sadc and the AU, including a requirement that all “prisoners of conscience” be freed, and that there be an immediate return to the barracks by the military.

Chamisa said any continued military offensive would “take talks off the table.”

Through his spokesperson George Charamba, Mnangagwa rejected the conditions, saying talks were an internal matter and required local mediation or observation.

Charamba said the State House meeting last week, boycotted by Chamisa, resolved that “there should be no pre-conditions for dialogue,” adding that negotiations would continue with the smaller parties even though political experts are of the view that these have no real power on the ground.

Komichi said Mnangagwa is pushing for an internal settlement which is similar to that of 1979 which was done by the likes of Ian Smith and Ndabaningi Sithole.

“Smith called for a dialogue without proper fundamentals. (Former president Robert) Mugabe and (former vice president Joshua) Nkomo refused to be part of that settlement and Mnangagwa was also there and I am surprised that he is now doing the same mistake and wants us to be part of the negotiation. 

“Currently, MDC is under siege and we can’t dialogue with the people who are beating our supporters and arresting them for trumped up charges.

“We cannot make a mistake that we made previously. We now know the negotiating process.

“Some of the agreements we signed in the political agreement previously were not implemented.

“We want a neutral convener and venue.

“Our agreement must be regionally and globally accepted.”

    Comments (7)

    Magona vapfana truro haiponi murutsva ka 2 kkkkkk

    GOOD MOVE - 14 February 2019

    Tsek wako nKomitshi!!

    Takalani Matibe - 14 February 2019

    The call by Charamba that because the talks are an internal matter thus should be mediated by a local observer is misplaced and mischevious it is common knowledge that all local institutions are heavily conflated with the government and zanupf there are not credible and cannot be trusted. The state house meeting by ED and other presidential aspirants is a non-event as those aspirants never challenged ED's 'victory' are thus praise worshipers of ED besides they do not have any meaning full followership.

    Sinyo - 15 February 2019

    If the protests were organised by the ZCTU why is Komichi claiming that it was MDC supportes who were arrested for taking part in the protests. Komichi must also compare Chamisa with Joshua Nkomo and Morgan Tsvangirai and then he will be able to see that Chamisa is a self centred immature individual who is only after personal gain.

    Adam - 15 February 2019

    fools will remain fools forever .who is chamisa only a puppet of the west

    ty - 15 February 2019

    @ty - the fools are those taking the country and its economy down, i.e. the current govt and its sympathisers. The bulk of those who support Zanu pf are unemployed or unemployable and their skewed "reasoning" sells them out. This is why industry is grinding to a halt - slogans, guns and bullets can no longer work. This is why soldiers are now everywhere. Hunger is a stronger force than ZNA or Zanu pf.

    Sagitarr - 15 February 2019

    You can take the last 40 yrs arguing or the rest of your lives even... But the truth of the matter is ZANU PF HAIITE PLEASE!!!!

    Tau - 16 February 2019

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