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.
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.