EU, UK Try To Broker Compromise Deal, Opposition To Be Offered Formal Position In Parly Including Pay

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Diplomats from the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom are reported to have proposed the creation of U.K.-style parliamentary opposition structure in Zimbabwe as a compromise. The diplomats are reported to have met with senior members from both the ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition. Under the proposed system Nelson Chamisa as the leader of the opposition and his chief whip will be paid by the state. This is seen as a means for Zanu-PF to prove that it is serious about moving away from former President Robert Mugabe’s system. It’s also looked at as a way to placate supporters of the MDC Alliance.

Bloomberg reports,

Zanu-PF indicated its willingness to work with the MDC and agreed that the state should pay its leader, Nelson Chamisa, as the official head of the opposition, the people said. Still unresolved is whether Chamisa will agree to the proposals. As recently as Aug. 20, he was calling for Mnangagwa to negotiate a gracious exit and admit the election was rigged.

So far, Mnangagwa hasn’t been involved in the talks because western diplomats are confident he doesn’t need persuading to relinquish the near-absolute power Zimbabwe’s ruling party has held for almost all of the past 38 years, the people said. Instead, they’ve wooed his deputy, retired General Constantino Chiwenga, a Zanu-PF hawk.

More: Bloomberg


Constantino Chiwenga

Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the current Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence . He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the former... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

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  1. Hurukuro Reply

    … for the record the Leader of the Opposition in the Zim Parliament is accorded certain privileges including office space, sitting on the Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC)..the institution’s management body presided over by the Speaker of the National Assembly. He/she is consulted on various matters and his/her pay scale is equivalent to that of a Deputy Min in Govt. …so the recognition is there……what is expected from the opposition is responsible and informed criticism…the UK opposition is referred to a.s a loyal opposition they do not call for harmful measures to be imposed on the UK by foreign is the case in Zim…so there has to be a learning process….patriotism should underpin pronouncements and action of political players on both sides…..!!!!

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