MDC president Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda said his principal is ready to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa after the party presented its agenda for the envisaged talks to former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
Speaking to Business Times, Sibanda asserted that Chamisa has not changed his position to not participate in POLAD and will insist on having an international mediator. He said:
We are ready to engage with Mnangagwa and President Mbeki has asked to break the logjam between us and Zanu PF and make sure that Chamisa and Mnangagwa can meet and start the dialogue.
We have presented our agenda to him and he clearly understands our position and we now wait for the way forward and needs to know Zanu PF’s agenda before we can start the talks.
Chamisa has not changed the party position that we want an international mediator and we are not going to be participating in the POLAD talks.
Mbeki visited the country on Monday before meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa separately, members of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), and churches and civic organisations.
The internationally-recognised former statesman facilitated dialogue between Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai (both late), resulting in the formation of a Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009.