South Africa Backs MDC’s Call For External Mediator

The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has welcomed South Africa’s call for an external mediator in the country’s national dialogue process.

South African ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete, made the call when he addressed delegates attending a meeting of political leaders at the Harare International Conference Centre on Friday. He said:

… For credibility, the leadership of Zimbabwe wishes to consider a facilitator outside Zimbabwe. We as a region we will be ready to propose names from the African continent.

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At this point, we would like to appeal to the political formations, to the political leaders who are now yet part of the political dialogue to join the national dialogue.

In response, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume concurred with the sentiments expressed by South Africa’s top diplomat in Zimbabwe. Said Mafume:

In any dialogue, there are some people who are supposed to mediate. Engaging these small parties is a waste of time, it won’t take us anyway as it won’t resolve the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

We are surprised that Mnangagwa wants to pursue this kind of dialogue to the extent that people will start eating baboons while wallowing in poverty.

The economic situation is bad in Zimbabwe and continues to deteriorate. Chamisa says he is prepared to engage in any meaningful dialogue mediated by a person from outside Zimbabwe so that he will talk with Mnangagwa about moving the country forward so that there are jobs and people can live a normal life.

Chamisa has refused to join the so-called State House Dialogue, challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy in calling for talks.

The MDC has insisted that for any meaningful dialogue to take place, there should be a mediator from outside the country, for instance, a former President or eminent personality.

In 2007, the then South African President, Thabo Mbeki, was appointed as a mediator by SADC  to facilitate dialogue between the then President, Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai, who was the leader of the opposition.

Mbeki’s mediation, which was completed by his successor, Kgalema Motlanthe led to the formation of a Government of National Unity in 2009.

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South Africa Backs MDC’s Call For External Mediator