President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, said churches are wasting their time in trying to broker dialogue between MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and his principal.
Charamba reiterated that Chamisa should join the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) if he is serious about partaking in national dialogue or wait for the 2023 elections. Charamba said:
The message to Chamisa is very clear, if you feel like joining in the national discourse, come to Polad unconditionally. There are no big egos, there are no small egos. It is elastic and can accommodate all sentiments, big or small.
We can’t keep telling men of the cloth, over and over again that there is a long-standing invitation for all political parties to join the dialogue, the parameters of which have been established.
What we seem to be getting from the persistent calls from the church as represented by Mtata and company is not so much to get national dialogue but one of trying to broker bilateral interaction between two political players, but more critically, when you look at the other side of the bilateral meeting and the problems they have, you are tempted to conclude that this is, in fact, a rescue package to a stressed political party that is wrapped under the cloth of lofty good intentions for a national dialogue.
Charamba said the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), should know that Mnangagwa will never entertain the idea of a one-o-one dialogue with Chamisa and the formation of a transitional mechanism before the 2023 elections will not happen. He said:
We reject that and they know it, that’s our position and there is nothing to gain in asking for what has been rejected. If Chamisa wants, let him join Polad, if not let him wait for 2023, thus, the whole idea of thinking that he can, whether through church leaders or through street action, he can smuggle himself into government, smuggle himself into some form of arrangement is futile.