The meeting invitation to the MDC formations by South African Ambassador to meet the assigned envoy to Zimbabwe by President Cyril Ramaphosa was cancelled last minute in a dramatic turn of events without giving reasons.
The MDC Alliance and MDC-T spokespersons said they received last minute cancellations of their meetings with the three envoys – former deputy president and speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, and former Cabinet ministers Sydney Mufamadi and Ngoako Ramatlhodi – sent by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
Puzzled by how the two MDC political formations reacted to the decision by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoy not to meet their representatives after keeping them waiting the whole day on Monday, some people in the streets of Harare felt they were being taken for granted by the people they hold responsible for what they call ‘economic hardships caused by the political crisis in the country’.
“If the opposition parties are true to their word as they say, why would they stand divided in the face of ZANU PF. I’m shocked by how these political “armatures” act in the fight for social, economic and political freedoms. We should never entrust them with our lives.” said one Dadiso Chipunza
The MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe welcomed the decision and expressed confidence that President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa are well able to deal with Zimbabwe’s crisis without engaging the opposition thereby endorsing the competency of the ZANU PF led government.
MDC-T Acting Secretary for Information and Publicity Khaliphani Phugeni issued a statement after the snub saying,
“… As MDC-T we welcome this development and remain positive that the two leaders in President Ramaphosa and President Mnangagwa will get to the bottom of the issues bedevilling our beautiful nation and Zimbabwe will once again experience peace, unity love and harmony”
Some political observers believe that Thokozani Khupe’s response to the snub shows that she is a ZANU PF pawn while others have argued that she is politically mature.
In the same vein, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa was left furious by the sudden turn of events and warned President Ramaphosa that the Mnangagwa administration is incapable of resolving the current challenges arguing that ED led government lacks legitimacy.
MDC Alliance National Spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere says in part:
“We can only assume that the failure to meet the MDC Alliance delegation was as a result of demands made by the ZANU PF delegation.”
The outspoken youthful spokesperson bemoaned a crackdown on desenting voices and persecution of scribes.
“We reiterate that Zimbabwe is in a state of crisis that has been characterized by a de facto state of emergency, a crackdown on citizens, abductions, arbitrary arrests of government critics and the political persecution of journalists.”
“The Government in Harare is incapable of resolving these challenges because it lacks legitimacy.” said Mahere
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News correspondent