Why Wait For 2023?- Chamisa

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has said that it is not feasible to wait for 2023 to correct issues bedevilling Zimbabwe. Chamisa attributes the socio-economic problems to the results of 2018 elections which saw Emmerson Mnangagwa emerging as president. 

Chamisa believes that he won in the presidential election and Mnangagwa manipulated the process. He said:

Why wait for five years. We must begin the journey with the July 2018 disputed elections so that issues of legitimacy are dealt with, issues of parliamentary reforms are dealt with, (and that there is) political dialogue. If there is no political dialogue, we say this and we will say it again, we are going to resort to constitutional avenues and platforms around our rights to express ourselves until what we believe to be the legitimate request is acceded.

The Movement for Democratic Change reports that Mnangagwa has been ignoring Chamisa’s attempts to engage him bilaterally. On the other hand, ZANU PF has said that there cannot be a special treatment for Chamisa. It said Chamisa must join the national dialogue where the majority of parties which contested in the 2018 elections are participants.

Chamisa has been adamant that he would not join the national dialogue if it does not address the legitimacy or illegitimacy thereof of Mnangagwa.

The stalemate has increased tensions in the land when the economy continues to deteriorate unabated. Whilst Chamisa is promising strong protests over the state of affairs, ZANU PF has been issuing to those who would dare.

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