FULL TEXT: MDC Demands External Dialogue Convener

Mnangagwa Misses The Point On The External Facilitator

The MDC is concerned by the mischievous statements of Dambudzo Mnangagwa pertaining to conducting the dialogue in Zimbabwe.

For dialogue to take place, the convenor must be neutral and must be seen to be neutral.

What is at stake is a conflict mainly between Mnangagwa and President Adv Nelson Chamisa. As a consequence, conflict transcends to the supporters of the MDC and Zanu PF.

None of the two actors can, therefore, dictate the terms of convening dialogue.

Neither can the MDC accept Mnangagwa being the convenor of dialogue through a proxy.

As a matter of fact, the MDC does not recognize the Presidency of Mnangagwa.

It was clear from the ZEC processes that the numbers kept changing.

Observer missions made the point that results were unverifiable and untraceable.

For Mnangagwa to claim that there is more than 60% of the vote represented at the dialogue he is convening through a proxy is dishonesty and ignorant of the above facts.

What concerns the MDC is that illegitimacy issues around Mnangagwa are holding the country back.

The people of Zimbabwe are suffering, the wheels are coming off on the economy, social service delivery is abandoned and the lives of citizens are being unnecessarily lost in hospitals that have been turned into death traps.

This is part of the reason why legitimacy issues must be resolved to give Zimbabweans a break and set the nation on a path of recovery.

Mnangagwa stands to benefit from genuine dialogue. Sadly, he has chosen to be the sole impediment to its convening.

He has no right or authority to declare how dialogue should happen, pretending to be conducting a dialogue to save face.

The MDC has put across the following five-point plan. We challenge actors to bring to the table a better alternative to the following areas of focus.

Firstly discussion and adoption of a roadmap to legitimacy following events of November 2017 and a subsequent shameless election in July 2018

Secondly, the resolution of the economic and humanitarian crisis arresting Zimbabwe, part of which largely resulted in mass protests and stay aways called by several citizen movements in Zimbabwe led by the ZCTU.

Thirdly a comprehensive reform agenda and platform with a view to constructing both a sustainable state with a culture which serves the interests of the masses as opposed to serving a few presiding elites and those connected to them.

Reform would also focus on ensuring the instruments of repression are liquidated and the idea of rule by fear jettisoned.

More importantly, rethinking the fiscal approach to improve efficacy, increasing transparency and accountability.

The fourth area of focus is nation building, healing and attending to the social contract.

Allowing the people of Zimbabwe the opportunity to negotiate with those in power and with power itself, fostering unity while eroding hate speech, intolerance and tribalism.

More importantly, couching a common and shared National Vision giving an unambiguous identity to Zimbabweans.

There is however the need to look into the past violence with dark ages of Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina and several episodes of violent elections dating back to the year 2000.

Providing remedy and redress to the aggrieved while ensuring Justice to the victim and the perpetrator alike, this in our view is an inevitable step to Nation building and it’s sustainability.

Finally, the plan would look at ways to re-engage the international community.

Taking the pain of committing to live by the rules, respect the rule of law, practice Constitutionalism and abiding by international standards, at least those contained in the several conventions which Zimbabwe is a signatory.

Zimbabweans are tired of political banter and politics of patronage, they deserve their dignity, freedom and justice.

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Jacob Mafume
MDC National Spokesperson

Nelson Chamisa

Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician and current president of the Movement for Democratic Change. He was elected presdient at the party's congress on 25 May 2019. Chamisa is the former member of parliament for Kuwadzana , former Minister of Information and Technology , former... Read More About Nelson Chamisa

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