Breaking News

Zanu-PF, MDC hardliners oppose Mnangagwa, Chamisa dialogue

by Staff reporter
12 January 2019 | 950 Views
The much-talked about talks between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa are being frustrated by hardliners within both the ruling Zanu-PF and the MDC, the Daily News can reveal today.

This comes after both Mnangagwa and Chamisa separately said this week that they were willing to engage in dialogue that could extricate the country from the country's worsening economic rot - which analysts say has driven Zimbabwe to the brink of the horrific 2008 meltdown.

The encouraging statements by the two arch rivals went a long way towards raising hope in the country, following their hardline positions of last year when Mnangagwa declared that he would never form a government of national unity with Chamisa - while the latter insisted on talks which would end with him being installed as Zimbabwe's "legitimate" president.

Speaking through his aides this week, Mnangagwa repeated a call that he first made to Chamisa last year after the hotly-disputed July 30 elections when he told the MDC leader that "my door is open and my arms are outstretched".

And writing on social media on Wednesday, Chamisa also reiterated his desire for dialogue with Mnangagwa - whom he referred to as his "brother", in a welcome move which signalled his abandonment of his once militant approach to talks.

"I have met with many on our worsening situation and unbearable suffering. The back-to-school burden, high prices, non-performing economy, joblessness and worthless salaries bring sorrow.

"On this, I call upon my bro(ther) ED to urgent dialogue to solve our politics and economics or it gets worse," he said on Twitter.

But insiders in both parties told the Daily News yesterday that hardliners on both sides were opposed to any dialogue as this threatened their political and economic interests.

"It's going to take massive effort from both ED and Chamisa to overcome hardliners in the two respective parties (Zanu-PF and MDC) who are fearful of the dialogue as this threatens their interests," a Zanu-PF source said.

This view was bolstered by political analysts who also said hardliners within both parties were "rabidly against talks for self-preservation reasons".

Respected University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Eldred Masunungure, said there was "no doubt" that the stumbling block to the mooted dialogue between
Mnangagwa and Chamisa were hawks within Zanu-PF and the MDC.

"There are hardliners and soft-liners in the two parties. It dates back to the declaration by former president Robert Mugabe that he was supporting Chamisa on the eve of the (July 30) elections.

"Before that, Zanu-PF was interested in engaging Chamisa and the opposition, but that declaration hardened the view of hardliners in Zanu-PF, particularly the military," he said.

"The hardliners in Zanu-PF view Chamisa as someone who cannot be trusted. The MDC Alliance has also taken a hardline stance by rejecting the win by Mnangagwa, and as long as that view that Mnangagwa is illegitimate holds, there will not be dialogue.

"These hardline positions are unrealistic and I don't see the two parties engaging unless if all these issue are resolved ... but that is what happens in a patronage system ... people will protect their turf.

"If you bring the MDC to government, some in Zanu-PF could lose their positions, and so they undermine efforts between the MDC and Zanu-PF to engage," Masunungure added.

Namibia-based political analyst, Admire Mare, said both Zanu-PF and the MDC were to blame for stalling the eagerly-awaited talks.




"I think its hardliners within both camps not wanting to portray themselves as desperate for outside help who are behind this. It is also fear of being displaced from certain strategic positions that come with elite pacts.

"Chamisa and the MDC Alliance's refusal to accept Mnangagwa as the legitimate leader is also a big sticking issue in the way of dialogue," Mare said.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has challenged Chamisa to go and see Mnangagwa if he was "serious" about talks.

"He knows who to see. Why doesn't he go and meet the president?  He should go and say what he thinks and I think the president will hear him," Khaya Moyo said.

However, Chamisa claimed on Wednesday that he had previously written letters to Mnangagwa, seeking to have dialogue over the current political and economic crises, but to no avail.

"Working flat out to have dialogue in order to save lives rather than lose lives to have dialogue and a solution. I have written letters without a reply before and after elections.

"I have met with potential mediators in the church. I have engaged leaders in Sadc and AU (African Union) … I made a public statement of invitation," he said while responding to a question on Twitter.

But senior Zanu-PF politburo member, and the party's secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, appeared to pour cold water on the proposed talks.

"They have not approached us ... the question is on what basis are they willing to engage us? I have not heard anything about engagement, but the president is very clear, he has said that he will listen to all Zimbabweans on issues to do with Zimbabwe and so with Chamisa it all depends on what he has to say, starting with legitimacy.

"We have a president who has been recognised by the people and you cannot obliterate what people say … why then raise the issue of legitimacy? Those are issues of political grandstanding," Mpofu told the Daily News yesterday.

Chamisa has been brawling with Mnangagwa ever since he narrowly lost the hotly-disputed July 30 presidential election - whose result he vigorously challenged at the Constitutional Court (Con-Court).

The youthful opposition leader even went to the extent of accusing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of manipulating the poll results in favour of the Zanu-PF leader.

But Mnangagwa's victory was upheld by the Con-Court, which ruled that Chamisa had failed to provide evidence that he had won the election.

In the meantime, Mnangagwa and his government are battling to turn around the country's sickly economy.

As a result, Zimbabwe is now in the throes of a mega economic crisis which has resulted in much suffering and anger among citizens who accuse the government of introducing a raft of measures which have further burdened them instead of alleviating their pain.

Chamisa Mnangagnwa Talks

Source: dailynews

Comments

Latest News

WATCH: 11 Women claim soldiers raped them

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Tuku a cultural icon, a world changer, a true superstar and legend

by Methuseli Moyo | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Harare to name street after Tsvangirai

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

'Army killings prophesied Tuku's death' says Energy Mutodi

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Chamisa, Mnangagwa talks offer last chance for Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 7 Views

Buses part of govt plan to get rid of kombis

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

'Queen Bee' buys chrome miner

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Zimbabwe not desperate to join Commonwealth, says Charamba

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Petrol Zimbabwe boss arrested - Catherine Katsande the Petro-Zim gener...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Mnangagwa's prosecutor General appointment above board

by Garikai Fadzi | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Lack of truthful dialogue is hurting Mthuli Ncube

by Chris Chenga | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Zimra surpasses FY18 revenue target by 17,7% - Zimbabwe's net revenue ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Chief Ndiweni calls for transitional govt

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Soldiers beat up Gweru vendors - MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe National Army...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

Zimbabweans push for national dialogue to end socio-economic crisis - ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Cops launch manhunt for Shurugwi murder suspects - POLICE have launche...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Edcon ups Edgars stake - EDGARS Stores Limited (EDL) shareholders have...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Prophet Makandiwa wins 'false prophecy' lawsuit - UNITED Family Intern...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Proflight airlines suspends Harare-Lusaka route

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Mawarire remains caged

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Boy (11) goes missing during riots - A CHITUNGWIZA family is desperate...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Pupils being sacrificed because of govt ineptitude - THE cold war betw...

by Editorial - newsday | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Zanu-PF activists set bases at schools - CIVIL servants yesterday clai...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Parly urged to amend laws to tame police, army brutality - THE Zimbabw...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

ZANU PF Youths meet over coup plot

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Musona move delights 'unqualified' Sunday

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

ZEC admits to violating electoral laws - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Only 12 months in jail for Bulawayo looters - THREE Bulawayo men who w...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Jonathan Moyo vs Chiwenga: High Court rules

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Man assaults wife for pimples on privates - A 39-YEAR-OLD man from Bul...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Entertainment

Oliver Mtukudzi had blood cancer?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 1280 Views

'Why do you worship guns?' Mnangagwa asked

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 2801 Views

BREAKING: Oliver Mtukudzi dies

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 10787 Views

Ailing Mtukudzi misses Coca-Cola awards

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2019 | 3217 Views

LISTEN: Tocky Vibes disses soldiers

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 January 2019 | 3253 Views

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

by Agencies | 18 January 2019 | 150 Views

Mahlalela ropes in Omkhula in new film

by Staff reporter | 13 January 2019 | 375 Views

Sandra Ndebele reflects on music journey

by Staff reporter | 11 January 2019 | 309 Views
iBlog

Mobile Spy Software Maker Mspy Hacked

mspy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than two million people spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, to have been massively hacked. a public relations pitch from mspy to krebsonsecurity in march ... Read More
SecNews 17 May 2015 ago

Samsung Gear Vr Innovator Edition For S6: The Perfect Vr Intro For Professionals

we're drenched in talk about the impending wave of consumer-facing vr headsets about to hit the market, starting at the end of 2015. by contrast, you can walk into a best buy right now and pick up the samsung gear vr innovator edition for the galax... Read More
Sergey 20 June 2015 ago