In an interview with The Herald, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba explained two reasons why MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa wants to meet President Mnangagwa.
Charamba said Chamisa wants to meet Mnangagwa because he wants to consolidate his status as the leader in MDC-T and to start negotiations for a post-electoral arrangement where members of the MDC Allaince are part of a Zanu-PF Government. Said Charamba:
It is basically for two major reasons. One, he wants to build self-profile not even for the purposes of this election, but for purposes of post-July 30 election defeat, which is when he expects to consolidate his status in the MDC-T party vis-a-vis various claimants. He is actually thinking that if he has a meeting with the President, then he will have an edge over his rivals. So, the motive is not around the harmonised elections, but is in the aftermath of the harmonised elections. His second reason is that even after the result of the elections on July 30, which results he already knows, he is saying could we organise a post-electoral arrangement where the President uses his victory to accommodate some members from his own party in the name of consensus building and to help in the re-engagement with the West because he thinks he holds the keys to the American doors. If we pursue re-engagement jointly, starting with the fact of having a joint Government, then we are likely to ensure that Zidera is rescinded. That is the carrot he is dangling to Zanu-PF, which carrot is not sumptuous at all.