The Zimbabwe government’s spokesperson Nick Mangwana said MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s call for dialogue between his party and ZANU PF while excluding other parties doesn’t dovetail with the country’s political system.
Mangwana argued that the country’s binary political system demands the recognition of all political parties, therefore Chamisa should join the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD). Said Mangwana:
Zimbabwe does not have a binary political system where there is one political party in Government and another which is the opposition. Our system is quite plural; so we recognise every political party that is there.
All we are hearing now is that MDC can only come to discuss anything with Zanu-PF or President Mnangagwa when other people are excluded, making it a bilateral issue. No! We are including everyone.
Earlier on Wednesday, Chamisa told reporters that he is not agitating for a coalition government but wants to share ideas with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chamisa has refused to budge on his stance not to join POLAD as he considers it an extension of the ruling party.