Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) secretary-general Kenneth Mtata (KM) has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa could have achieved national development, economic and political stability if they had worked together.
He made the remarks during an interview with NewsDay (ND) Midlands reporter
Brenna Matendere. Below are the excerpts:
ND: You wanted to bring Mnangagwa and Chamisa to the negotiating table. What happened to your plans?
KM: The intention was to cultivate a culture of dialogue among Zimbabweans across different levels of society.
Mnangagwa and Chamisa represent the largest followership of voters if we use the figures of the last election.
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Their co-operation engenders a positive national atmosphere. The two could have achieved more if they co-operated than when they worked against each other. So their co-operation is what we wanted to promote since before and after the elections in 2018. We think it remains important. We must promote it. We will still do that.
ZCC previously proposed the suspension of elections for 7 years to allow the establishment of a recovery mechanism, rebuilding trust, developing a common national reform agenda and national economic vision.
The proposal was shot down with political players claiming the move would be a blow to democracy.