President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s right-hand man, Energy Mutodi on Thursday said that the reason why his principal did not attend a prayer meeting organised by church leaders was that MDC leader Nelson Chamisa had snubbed Mnangagwa’s invitation to State the previous day.
On Wednesday Mnangagwa met with most of the presidential candidates in the 2018 election though Chamisa and Joyce Mujuru did not attend. Mutodi, who is the Deputy Minister for Information said:
How can the President come when Chamisa also did not come to State House for the brainstorming of the negotiations?
We cannot always be the ones to come to the negotiation table when others do not. We cannot always come to the negotiation table on the terms and dictates of other people.
We have set up the platform for negotiation. We have called all political parties to State House. The State House belongs to the government. So everyone was supposed to come.
… We do not need that dialogue. We had not called for that dialogue in the first place.
The opposition MDC is the one that has been petitioning the President to call all political parties and itself for dialogue and this is the call that the president has now replied.
Now if the President then responds to that call and you absent yourself from the negotiations, what do you want him to do?