Churches say that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa should not lead dialogue as they cannot represent the ordinary people’s wishes.
Speaking during the launch of Churches Convergence on Peace (CCOP) a consortium of three faith-based organisations, last Friday, Reverend Ray Motsi:
The national dialogue is not limited to Zanu PF and MDC. It is not limited to civic organisations alone.
It has to demonstrate the fact that it is national in terms of composition and inclusivity.
We are talking about government, political parties, citizens, civil society organisations and traditional leaders, everybody must be involved.
It is not just for special people but for everybody who is Zimbabwean. We need to move from this elite mentality of Mnangagwa and Chamisa as if they are the only people who can think more than others. The people who are having problems are ordinary people.
The people that bear the brunt of the crisis are chiefs and pastors, who are with the citizens in communities… and say they are tired of politics and political parties; they want people to speak and be heard.
Motsi said Zimbabweans are fed up with elitist pacts such as the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979 and Global Political Agreement of 2008.
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The Global Political Agreement was an agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), on resolving the challenges facing Zimbabwe after the disputed election result of 2008 where Morgan Tsvangirayi... Read More About Global Political Agreement
The Lancaster House Agreement was a political consensus which brought the independence of Zimbabwe from Rhodesian rule. The agreement came into being after a series of negotiations between the nationalist parties and the Rhodesian Front between September and December 1979. The Agreement was facilitated by... Read More About Lancaster House Agreement