Prospects for a dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and leader of opposition MDC, advocate Nelson Chamisa now lie in the balance following a snub of Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by opposition MDC legislators.
Speaking to the News Day, some unidentified highly-placed sources said that the development strains efforts by the speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda to get Mnangagwa and Chamisa to the negotiating table. One source said:
The MDC was supposed to play ball, show respect and goodwill to President Mnangagwa so that there can be some give-and-take going into the dialogue, but yesterday (Tuesday)’s actions put strain on the efforts.
The remarks come after MDC MPs walked out of Parliament when the president was about to give his SONA saying that he was an illegitimate president.
The party says that Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU PF connived with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to rig 2018 elections in favour of Mnangagwa.
Since then, there has been a standoff between MDC and ZANU PF with observers saying that the impasse was worsening socio-economic and political crises in the country.
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