The MDC Alliance says that President Mnangagwa has hitherto ignored calls for talks by the opposition.
MDC is of the view that without dialogue the people of Zimbabwe will have no option but to engage in demonstrations as provided for in the Constitution.
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said that the issue of Mnangagwa’s legitimacy is at the centre of the crisis and has to be dealt with. Said Mafume:
As long as it is not resolved, problems in this country will remain in place. We are able to restore this nation. We have done it before. Our former Minister of Health (Henry Madzorera) has done it well before and he can do it again.
We need to re-engage with the international community on a basis that is rational where we are able to comply with the international norms and standards, where we are able to have foreign direct investments (FDI) and tap into international finance as a way forward and that needs to be done as a matter of urgency.
However, that cannot be done when we are not talking to each other.
We have put the dialogue issue out there and our President Nelson Chamisa has talked about it. Our leadership has talked about it yet, there has been no reciprocal desire to dialogue by the current regime.
We feel that Zimbabwe is becoming a regional security threat because of the failure by Mnangagwa’s government to solve the political stalemate over his illegitimacy.
… The economic crisis has the effect of causing a burden to South Africa owing to the exodus of people that are fleeing the worsening economy.
Mnangagwa has refused to listen to our concerns, so we felt it was better for us to meet President Ramaphosa to listen to our concerns and also to relay our message to Mnangagwa.
The people of Zimbabwe continue to suffer and, as a party that was voted for by millions of people, we will do what we can to offer solutions.