The MDC Alliance has supported the stance taken by the United States of America in calling for a neutral player to mediate in Zimbabwe’s political crisis.
In an interview with South African publication TimesLive, party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said:
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The US’s articulation of a dialogue process and what is needed to bring peace to Zimbabwe is very clear and more pointed.
We do believe that it is incumbent upon the international community to know that the statistics that are coming out are of actual people who have been harmed, killed and are suffering. That has to stop and we need to have a conducive environment for dialogue.
The United States of America Deputy government spokesperson Robert Palladino on Tuesday said:
The US remains seriously concerned about the excessive use of force by the government of Zimbabwe security forces since January 14, which has resulted in at least 13 deaths, 600 victims of violence, torture or rape, and more than 1,000 arrests.
The US calls on all sides to come together immediately in a national dialogue. The dialogue process must be credible, inclusive and mediated by a neutral third party.
In order for such a dialogue to succeed, the government of Zimbabwe should end its excessive violence and intimidation, immediately release the civil society activists who have been arbitrarily detained, and hold security force members responsible for human rights violations and abuses accountable.
Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the MDC Alliance and formerly with People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he was the party spokesperson. He was elected Mayor of Harare on 3 September 2020 to replace Herbert... Read More About Jacob Mafume