In an interview with The Standard’s chief reporter Everson Mushava (EM), MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa (NC) said President Mnangagwa should consider dialogue to solve Zimbabwe’s economic and political problems.
Chamisa said he does not want dialogue because he wants a Government of National Unity (GNU). Below is an excerpt of the interview:
EM: The commission recommended dialogue, but recently Mnangagwa said he would not negotiate with losers.
NC: Mnangagwa should not negotiate with himself because he was the loser in the elections.
He does not understand that there is nothing that can beat dialogue — this is what separates humans from other animals.
EM: Zanu PF say you want dialogue because you are desperate for an inclusive government.
NC: That can only come from those who do not understand. Dialogue does not mean inclusive government.
The nation is divided and in different perspectives, how do we reconcile our view points? How do we deal with national discourse?
We are already in government by virtue of our control of councils, we are already a government at a local level.
We are not driven by love of power, but the love of our country, love of peace, our people, resources, and the love for each other. Power is meaningless if it is not serving countrymen.
EM: Some say you must give Mnangagwa a chance. Is it something you have considered?
NC: It is not about individuals, it is about the will of the people. We have a crisis in government. It is the crisis of legitimacy.
The results announced do not reflect the will of the people. We cannot have political stability without economic stability and vice-versa.