MDC President Nelson Chamisa has said that the party will pursue the option of demonstrating to bring Zanu-PF to the negotiating table. Chamisa was speaking in an interview with the Standard’s Obey Manayiti in The Big Interview following the party’s ended Congress.
From the interview:
OM: The government accuses you of plotting violent demonstrations, which you want to use to topple Mnangagwa. What would be the purpose of those protests?
NC: They have always institutionalised lies and deception, typical of a leopard that accusing it’s offspring of smelling like a goat in order to try and justify eating or cannibalising your own, but let me tell you this and I will say it now and forever more, wee are not going to allow a situation where there is violence in the country.
We believe in peaceful politics and democratisation.
We believe in non-violence and that is what we are going to be pursuing.
If we are going to demonstrate, it is constitutional, if we are to demonstrate it is allowed because an unhappy people have a right to demonstrate.
There is nothing untoward in demonstrating.
In any case, we are demonstrating to ask them to come to the negotiating table.
It is not as if we are demonstrating to run over them because we believe in the constitutional order but why is it that they are so scared of dialogue?
Why is it that all the time they always think about violence? Why are they always thinking of spilling blood?
They must not panic but must address issues raised by the people.
We are peacemakers, we are doves and we are ready to smoke a peace pipe with those who love peace, but we will not allow macho tactics and funny tactics by those who want to intimidate us — that we will not allow.
More: The Standard
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