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Zimbabwe President reaches out to opposition leaders

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again reached out to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and other opposition leaders for dialogue to end the country’s crises saying the country’s deepening challenges required unity of purpose among all Zimbabweans. Speaking at a meeting of the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) in Harare yesterday, president Mnangagwa extended the call to Chamisa and other opposition leaders who had earlier snubbed the platform to join him and others to work together in solving Zimbabwe’s problems.

“I wish to unequivocally state that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe as elections were held in July 2018 and a winner was declared in terms of the country’s Constitution. … All contestants were invited to join this dialogue in the national interest. The door is still open for those outside … Let me say the challenges facing our country call for continued unity of purpose across the political divide. …Your continued commitment to the call to serve the country is acknowledged and will surely result in making our country great,” Mnangagwa said, emphasising that all dialogue would be held under the auspices of Polad.

This follows a call by the government for all Zimbabweans to start believing that they have a role to play in efforts to resolve the country’s challenges, without relying on external help.

Lately there has been growing calls from both within and outside the country for president Mnangagwa and Chamisa to set aside their differences and hold much-needed talks to help the country out of the deepening challenges. President Mnangagwa and the opposition leader Chamisa have previously said that they were interested in dialogue, although nothing concrete between the two leaders has happened. Since the formation of Polad where other political leaders have met with president Mnangagwa, Chamisa vowed not to participate demanding direct dialogue with Mnangagwa. However, Mnangagwa has been consistent saying any talks with Chamisa should be held under Polad with the involvement of every other political parties.

Recent calls by the opposition parties and other pressure groups for protests against the government were thwarted as police and the army were deployed in the streets to stifle the planned protests. Government was accused of fueling the deepening crises in the country through graft and other maladministration practices. Government has refuted the allegations claiming that the opposition is allegedly working with some external forces to destabilise the country.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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