MDC president Nelson Chamisa has abandoned his quest for an international mediator to resolve his quarrel with President Emmerson Mnangagwa over election results and on how the country’s comatose economy can be revived.
Chamisa had warmed up to mediation by former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, but while giving his keynote address at the launch of the Principles of Reliable Inclusive and Credible Elections in Zimbabwe symposium organised by the local think-tank, Sapes Trust in Harare on Thursday, Chamisa championed home-grown solutions to the country’s problems. He said:
We are there to solve our own problems. We have the answers to our problems. We can’t have South Africa solving our problems, it has its own problems to take care of.
Americans can’t have a solution for this country as it has its own domestic problems to solve. We can’t out-source solutions for this country. I have heard people talking of President Mbeki saying this and that. We should solve our own problems.
Chamisa added that the MDC’s call for peaceful co-existence should not be misunderstood as a weakness but an attempt to bring a peaceful solution to the problems facing the country.
He warned ZANU PF that his party has other instruments to put conditions that induce delivery or birth of a new Zimbabwe.