Speaking during a discussion on the National Dialogue in Zimbabwe, MDC’s Jacob Mafume said that while the Zani-PF leaders are scared of losing power if they dialogue with the MDC, they should be scared more of losing power to the military.
Mafume was responding to Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana who had spoken earlier:
The problem we are having is that they are scared a platform will take power from them. Our recent history has shown that they should not be scared of platforms. They should be rather scared of themselves because they can take power from each other, and they are more of a threat to each other should the conditions remain like this.
The issue is that these platforms bring a better life for Zimbabweans. The last platform that was there for dialogue brought in high performing ministers like Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti and everyone was happy in this country. People had money, they could go to ATMs and so forth.
There’s no power to be lost in dialogue. There’s everything for Zimbabweans to benefit in dialogue. Losing power, they need to look back at the barracks. That’s where power is gained or lost. But at a dialogue table, there are benefits for Zimbabweans.
If anyone in this country is not scared by what is happening in the streets, then that person is tone deaf. We don’t have time as politicians, we don’t have time as church people. We don’t have time because people are sleeping hungry. People have no money. People cannot move from point A to point B. Therefore it is urgent, it is double urgent that we create a platform that will help the people of Zimbabwe.
Dialogue is necessary because the economic V11s are there for everyone to see, that if there’s no dialogue in this country, the situation will move to another level, and everyone knows what happens when we switch levels.