MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month responded to his plea for dialogue, describing it as a positive development for his push for electoral reforms before the 2023 elections.
Addressing a Press conference in Harare on Friday, Mwonzora insisted that his party will push for electoral reforms before the 2023 general elections. He said:
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MDC-T remains committed to dialogue. We are going to push for electoral reforms and we are going to get them.
Our mentality is focused on getting these reforms. We know how to get them through dialogue and this dialogue will be inclusive, genuine and unconditional.
Therefore, with regards to what will happen if certain things do not happen in 2023, we are not able to postulate.
We can’t tell which reforms we would be able to get and those we would not have attained.
In July this year, Mwonzora met Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga under controversial circumstances to allegedly push for the suspension of by-elections as well as the postponement of the 2023 polls.
Yesterday, he refused to disclose details of Mnangagwa’s responses to his request for dialogue, saying it was a private matter. Said Mwonzora:
We will make the substantive matters available at the right time. Right now, we are consulting within the MDC-T structures then thereafter we will consult the people of Zimbabwe, based on what our structures would have said.
Last week MDC-T national chairman Morgen Komichi called for the suspension of both by-elections and the 2023 harmonised polls to negotiate with Mnangagwa for an inclusive government.
Pro-democracy campaigners have criticised the MDC-T for pushing for the postponement of elections, saying the party is not prepared for a direct contest with the mainstream opposition MDC Alliance party led by Nelson Chamisa.