Chamisa embarks on diplomatic offensive

MDC party leader Nelson Chamisa, pictured, has left the country on a mission to brief unnamed African leaders about the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe. In a statement, the party’s director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka said Chamisa is “on a diplomatic offensive in Africa to sensitise the continent on the situation in Zimbabwe”.

Without disclosing the countries to be visited by the MDC leader “for security reasons,” Tamborinyoka said Chamisa will also use the trip to cement relations “with our brothers and sisters in fellow countries on the continent”.

Sources close to Chamisa told the Daily News yesterday that the 41-year-old opposition leader is currently in Ghana, where he is expected to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo.
In 2016, Chamisa accompanied then MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai (now late) to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration after they had been invited by the former opposition leader.

Chamisa was the MDC vice president at the time.
Chamisa had made it to the list of invited guest owing to his friendship to Akufo-Addo’s campaign manager Peter Mac Manu, whom he had met in the United States in 2015.
From West Africa, Chamisa is also expected to meet an unnamed head of State in East Africa as he lobbies the African Union (AU) to encourage dialogue with his political rival President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Chamisa has in the past written to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the AU and the United Nations — highlighting the country’s myriad of problems.
“Obviously, he will meet some leaders in the Sadc region to upraise them on the deteriorating situation in the country so that they have a full appreciation of the developments in the country and that there is danger that the situation could actually spill out of control not only here in the country but also in terms of the problems’ geographical scope,” a source said of Chamisa’s tour.

The MDC leader’s diplomatic engagement drive comes hard on the heels of a State-sponsored onslaught on political and civic leaders as well as ordinary citizens.
This also comes amid a deafening silence by the AU and Sadc on the human rights abuses in Zimbabwe which has drawn widespread condemnation from the international community, especially the Western world.

While many were expecting the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe to feature prominently at the 32nd ordinary session of the AU held in Addis Ababa two weeks ago, the AU seemed to have adopted a hear no evil, see no evil mentality. In the case of Sadc, its chairperson Hage Geingob issued a statement blaming Non-Governmental Organisations and perceived external forces of seeking to destabilise Zimbabwe.

This followed the killing of 12 protesters by the army and police last month after a three-day stay-away organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions turned violent.
Mnangagwa’s government also blames a third force for stirring the demonstrations that were meant to protest massive hikes in fuel prices. But the world, including the UN condemned the sad turn of events and called on the authorities to use restraint in responding to protests.

    Comments (11)

    Wherever he goes, this middle-aged boy will be advised to get off his high horse and unconditionally dialogue with ED, the one and only legit Prez of the 2nd Republic of Zimbabwe!!

    Humpty Good - 28 February 2019

    @humoty good, relax mate, even you acknoledger the need for dialogue dont you? so if we all accepot the need for talks then let there be proper talks that yeild tangible results not the cat-mouse games being called for by you and your other ZANU apologists. chamisa can simply say no if all the guys forces him to the talks then the economic doldrums continue. believe me even your legi prez knows that the talks shoudl be with Chamisa but he tries to be clever to show control that he doent have! its simple, if we are genuine about talks, then we need the referee , a credible one and one whose organiusation guarantees the agreement otherwise we will be found still stuck in the current mud!!!

    TaTanga - 28 February 2019

    I think Mr Chamisa come out with noble idea that ED has to rule this country for two then It will be his term to run it for two but ladies and gentlemen lets forget the 2018 elections and focus about our future. Mr chamisa shows maturity that demos don't pay so it will create competition within two cabinets one for ED that will run till mid 2021 and for Chamisa till mid 2023.

    Voice - 28 February 2019

    A waste of time. AU and SADC have already spoken in support of ED. They are a band of brothers

    jacktheswede - 28 February 2019

    It is a shame that ZANU supporters always support mediocrity since 1980 . They supported Mugabe even if it was clear he was stupid , Now again they are busy supporting useless ED even when it is clear the man is worse than Mugabe and leading us noway .Chamisa must go out there tell the world that ED hiked fuel by 150 % and when people stood up to complained because it was too much for them he then shot them dead . And that the world must warn him to desist human slaughter

    Chimedza matombo - 28 February 2019

    thats so sad. this young boy thinks he can hold the president hostage the way he dd to khupe panhamo. dai ari umwe atvaga a better plan

    informed - 1 March 2019

    chimedza its you who is useless...the demostration wasnt for fuel price hike but theives set agenda to loot and tanish image of our beloved Zimbabwe....thank God for our president who deployed soldiers to cease fire and bring sanity in our nation....those who shot people were not soldiers but boggers in the name of army ..we have well trained solders who knows how to handle their duties properly ...shame on you who support opposition.

    ndini - 1 March 2019

    People who looted shops and destroy properties are zanupf hooligans who wanted to tarnish the peaceful demos by the zctu. It is a shame that our fellow brothers in zanupf support anything done by their whether it is bad or right. Chamisa is not bad on reaching out regional leaders . For zimbabwe to go forward there is need for dialogue.

    Amalinze - 1 March 2019

    Its good to people who have the LOVE for our country Zimbabwe and those who don't even know which their left or right hand in this life of our country like (ndini uyo.) haisi mhosva yakewo plse muregerereyiwo haaziwi nhorowondo yeZimbabwe. Check on the history when zanu pf took over 1980 and now how the economy was and what it is now with all these minerals and yet in 1980 to 1990 we had nothing of these. Kuba ndiko munogona ndosaka uri kutaura zvauri kutaura newamwe wako. Chimbomirayiwo kuba muumbe nyika please, please

    my Zimbabwe - 1 March 2019

    Zanu Pf havabe vanonzi vanotora

    Tsurowatunga - 1 March 2019

    Chamisa is just a leader of one of the many opposition parties in Zimbabwe . Imagine if Leaders of Africa have to be intertaining all the opposition parties' leadership . There would be no time to deal with their primary work . Imagine what the world would be like if any losing parties would be given half a term of office to rule . Chamisa is just day dreaming about being given two years to rule when he lost elections . There is no such . All he knows is to criticize ED . Chamisa should tell us what he thinks he knows so that we may be vote for him in 2023 . Unfortunately by then , the economy will be up and running and so no one will vote for him because he has nothing to offer except insult ED . Insulting ED is not economics . ED , move on and leave the small boy shouting and shouting .

    Hayibo - 3 March 2019

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