ZANU PF, MDC Hardliners Undermining Mbeki’s Mediation Efforts

Hardliners within the ruling ZANU PF party and opposition MDC are reportedly working clandestinely to scupper the much-anticipated dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa.

The Daily News On Sunday reports that former South African President Thabo Mbeki is now frustrated as he waits for a signal to return to Harare and pick up his mediatorial role from where he left in December last year. The publication quotes an unnamed ZANU PF official as saying:

President Mbeki is up against it as senior officials around both ED (Mnangagwa) and Wamba (Chamisa) are not enthusiastic about the idea.

You see, the unfortunate reality is that the chaos that is consuming the country benefits some political elites, who stand to lose a lot on both sides if sanity prevails.

An MDC official told the publication that some of his comrades are doing everything in their power to torpedo the expected talks. Said the official

It would be wrong of me to pretend that all the problems are on the Zanu PF side on this matter. The fact of the matter is that we also have wolves in sheep’s skin on our side (MDC).

Some of our comrades are very sly and talk with forked tongues. They are doing their damnedest to frustrate the president (Chamisa) on these talks while pretending to be his biggest cheerleaders

More: Daily News

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