The former Finance Minister and vice president of the opposition MDC, Tendai Biti, has said that his party’s leader, Nelson Chamisa and president Emmerson Mnangagwa must set differences aside and have a dialogue to prevent the economic and political crises from exploding.
Biti was speaking at the Southern African Political and Economic Series (SAPES) Trust last week. He said:
On the economic front, we have a problem that is bigger than the economy, so we need to find a space in respect of which we can actually find each other and find time to actually attend to the multiple crises and multiple challenges that are affecting our country … We need to resolve the political crisis, so political dialogue, particularly between advocate Nelson Chamisa, the president of the party I belong to and Emmerson Mnangagwa is very key and that this dialogue is important to create a soft landing for Zimbabwe.
Biti fears that the crises will trigger chaos if they are not dealt with. He also called for the establishment of a National Transitional Authority to usher the country back to normalcy.
His remarks are a strong redolent of sentiments by many observers who have been calling for Mnangagwa and Chamisa to meet and discuss the way forward following last year’s disputed elections.
Although both parties have publicly expressed willingness to dialogue, the legitimacy issue appears to be the hurdle standing between them. Chamisa wants the issue discussed but Mnangwagwa is saying there is no need since he won 2018 elections.
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