The opposition MDC party has embarked on a diplomatic offensive with vice president Tendai Biti currently in the United Kingdom.
The MDC intends to force the ruling ZANU PF party to the negotiating table to avert a looming catastrophe due to the fast-collapsing economy.
Biti on Thursday met Britain’s Minister of State Harriet Baldwin to discuss the Zimbabwean crisis.
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Writing on microblogging site Twitter on Thursday, Baldwin said:
Good discussion with MDC vice-president Biti today on the current situation in Zimbabwe. We continue to listen to the views of Zimbabweans on all sides of the debate.
Speaking to Newsday, MDC president Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda elaborated on the meeting. He said:
They discussed a number of things, including the current socio-economic and political situation.
The UK government had already put out an elaborate statement the day before that meeting about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, indicating that it had worsened since 2016-17.
So the UK government had already taken a position from its own research, that Zimbabwe is drifting and falling into the abyss of human rights abuses.