MDC president Nelson Chamisa has implored the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate between himself and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chamisa has rejected the call made by Mnangagwa to join the rest of the presidential candidates in the 2018 elections in dialogue.
Speaking to a South African TV network on Wednesday, Chamisa said:
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We want to see a mutually acceptable interlocutor, possibly international underwriting.
We have said President Ramaphosa stands in a very good position to be an interlocutor or to be a facilitator of the processes that are supposed to come or if he is not available as a mediator he could help finding a mutually acceptable mediator.
… Zimbabwe and South Africa are inseparable, so when one catches a cold the other one sneezes. So we want to make sure that the one who is sick is treated so that there is good cooperation on the basis of what is beneficial to the people of Africa, the people of South Africa and people of Zimbabwe.
We share the same aspirations as Africans, so unity, reaching out and dialogue is important. We must have synergies on infrastructure, on the vision and regional and continental integrations – that is a given. So the coming of President Ramaphosa would be welcome, so the people of Zimbabwe would want to make sure that we remove all the toxic issues.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the ruling ZANU PF party is supporting a certain individual to challenge Chamisa at the party’s elective Congress set for May this year. ZANU peoples prefer an MDC president who is malleable.
However, ZANU PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has rejected those reports, insisting his party has no preferred candidate.