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Chamisa piles pressure on ED

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa wants any talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to yield electoral reforms and an economic rescue package for the country, it has been revealed.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/VENERANDA LANGA

According to a memo to party structures obtained yesterday, Chamisa insists that he won the presidential elections against Mnangagwa, but wants a resolution to the political impasse.  

Chamisa told the coalition’s structures that although “the people’s victory was stolen”, he had been “broadly mandated” by the MDC national council to talk to rivals on stringent conditions that include having acceptance of his victory as well as the upholding of the “people’s result”.

“On 29 August 2018, the national council met in Harare at Morgan Tsvangirai House, to review the situation and consider its position and way forward,” he wrote.

“The president is broadly mandated to engage all stakeholders, local and international, in dialogue with the scope of dealing with the current impasse arising from a stolen election and to resolve related governance issues.”

However, Chamisa said “any such dialogue by the party must and shall be anchored on a five-point plan (that) includes return to legitimacy and democracy — the respecting of the win and will of the people, respecting the true outcome of this election”.

“Instituting reforms that allow for the holding of truly free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe. The reforms must include electoral reforms, political reforms, and constitutional and legal reforms,” he said.

Chamisa has refused to acknowledge that Mnangagwa won the July 30 elections as he accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of rigging the polls.

After the Constitutional Court threw out the opposition leader’s petition challenging the election results, there has been speculation that Zanu PF and MDC Alliance will engage in talks to find a political solution to the poll dispute.

Chamisa, without confirming whether talks between the two rival parties were already underway, said dialogue must be centred around reviving Zimbabwe’s struggling economy.

“We need to come up with an immediate shared and robust economic rescue plan to deal with the deteriorating economic situation and the social security and humanitarian situation,” he said.

“We have to build our nation, foster healing, peace and reconciliation and this we can by dealing with the rule of law, protection of human rights and good governance issues.”

Chamisa said the dialogue must also deal with “democracy hygiene issues and with the debt challenge”.

Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said the ruling party was not under any pressure to negotiate with Chamisa as it controlled Parliament.
 
“Who does he think he is? He is a citizen of Zimbabwe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa is willing to talk to any progressive citizen without pre-conditions,” he charged when asked for a comment about Chamisa’s conditions.

“He [Mnangagwa] has the mandate of the people to govern this country and not from Chamisa.

“He must realise that he is a leader of an opposition party that is a minority in Parliament. We can ignore him and nothing will change.”

Mangwana said Chamisa had no power to set Mnangagwa any conditions for dialogue.

“He has absolutely no right to set conditions for dialogue because Zanu PF and the president will not tolerate such nonsense,” he said.

“He must realise that the mandate to govern comes from the people and not in dialogue.”

The results of the presidential elections announced by Zec showed that Chamisa got 44,3% of the vote translating into 2,1 million votes.

Mnangagwa received more than 2,4 million votes, which translated to 50,67%.

Chamisa, however, claims he has evidence that he got 2,6 million votes and was “the legitimate president of the country”.

Meanwhile, Phillan Zamchiya, a political commentator, told a Mass Public Opinion Institute post-election public seminar last week that Mnangagwa and Chamisa needed to find each other.

He said Mnangagwa still suffered from a legitimacy crisis even after he was sworn in as president, while the opposition was under pressure from the international community to work with the new government.

“At the moment the legitimacy of Mnangagwa is heavily contested by the opposition, and even though the Constitutional Court ruled in his favour, it did not resolve the issue of his political legitimacy which is still being contested,” Zamchiya said.

He said Sadc and the European Union wanted Zimbabwe to move on even if the elections were seen as flawed.

“If the opposition rejects dialogue, then they lose out,” Zamchiya said.

“The opposition will be perceived as being prevented to do so by narrow partisan interests and they will lose their key constituency such as churches. 

“The main opposition won 81% of urban local authorities, and they might fail to deliver due to tensions with central government, and so an all-inclusive dialogue with politicians, churches, students, business and labour is important.”

Mnangagwa recently said he was open for dialogue with Chamisa.

17 Responses to Chamisa piles pressure on ED

  1. Order September 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    The MDC-A is in no position to set conditions for the winning party. Dialogue is necessary and desirable but insinuating that Chamisa can pressure ED is irresponsible, misguided wishful thinking by the vanquished. Zimbabwe needs to move forward together as a united country and this is where mature leadership is needed. If Chamisa fails to recognize this and accept the ConCourt ruling he might soon find himself deposed by mature MDC-A leaders who still feel that he usurped power by unconstitutional means after Tsvangirayi’s death.
    Chamisa needs to stop whining and start leading or risk being totally irrelevant.

  2. Farai Johnson Nhire September 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

    This idea of a coalition between Zanu Pf and Mdca is sickening! Ed only needs Chamisa in the only sense that he needs to urge him to desist from unlawfull activities. As far as the economy of this nation is concerned, Chamisa has no value whatsoever. We can only encourage him to desist from asking for sanctions from western countries. Even with Zidera in place, Zimbabwe is ready for a wonderful takeoff. Just wait and see what is going to hapen as soon as the new cabinet is sworn in. Wee lack nothing in Zimbabwe. We have plenty of human and natural resources including arable land. We Also have many friends who share the same idiology with us and who are more than ready to give us a helping hand. So Nelson and company can go hang if they want. If they try to engage in lawless activities, then the long arms of the law will catch up with them.

    • cv September 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      day dreamer

  3. mukovhe watshilidzi September 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    kaa kutopenga aka veukama rapisayi. this boy is so power hungry that he can kill for the sake of power

  4. ADF September 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Why should ZANU PF implement conditions set by China which are discussed behind closed doors and not listen to Chamisa who received more than 2 million votes. This irrationality is a result un-liberated minds which worships white people and foreigners. It looks like the liberation war was fought for personal reasons, Chamisa is right to setthese conditions for the benefit of future generations. These guys (ZANU PF) are selling future generations into slavery. ZIMBOS OPEN YOUR EYES!

    • Qawe laMaqawe September 2, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

      True his conditions are centred on the revival of the economy and reforms for future elections so I do not see anything bad. Ignoring him is ignoring the ZEC 2,1 million that voted him and can you do that and claim to represent all? We need find each other for the common of Zimbabwe including even Khupe, Mai Mujuru or Nkosana they are all Zimbabweans and I guess with good intentions for the country, if you become hard hearted as looser Mangwana wants us to believe..hameno/asazi

    • Qawe laMaqawe September 2, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

      True his conditions are centred on the revival of the economy and reforms for future elections so I do not see anything bad. Ignoring him is ignoring the ZEC 2,1 million that voted him and can you do that and claim to represent all? We need find each other for the common of Zimbabwe including even Khupe, Mai Mujuru or Nkosana they are all Zimbabweans and I guess with good intentions for the country, if you become hard hearted as looser Mangwana wants us to believe..hameno/asazi sibili zvomene

  5. diesel September 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    ndchiri kurangarira ini the great guzhaz vakaudza muromo mumwe iwowo tsvagirai kt you can go hang zimbabwe will move on bt what happend tange tisinadzo here shamwari mari ichishaika, zvinhu zvichikwira, mabasa achishaika, mishonga muzvipatara hamuchina tange tinadzo wani shamwari hama dzangu kana tichiida zim iyi lets treat others farely, tongai tione isu zzzz zvedu

  6. Watching September 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    The Standard was pro Jonso when he was fighting ED. Jonso was defeated. Now they ha Chamisa in their corner. I have followed this paper it will never have anything positve on ED

  7. Tinowaziwa September 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    Haiwawo. Anomboriani Wamba Tjamisa wenyu uyu? He’s just a desperate and puerile nincompoop excitedly seeking relevance!!!

  8. Dumisani Chibanda September 3, 2018 at 7:50 am #

    No dialogue Chamisa , Zanu Pf and Military stole elections

  9. Ralph September 3, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Paul Mangwana, act like a grown up politician. You can go it alone to the country’s peril. Seasoned politicians just say ‘No Comment’. Why did the country refuse the South African lawyers temporary permits to argue Chamisa’s case. Dialogue is indeed needed, my brother.

  10. chokwadi September 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    kkkk Hanzi Chamisa piles pressure on ED kkkk what pressure? he is the one who is under pressure…ngaatoenda kuna President apuhwe munda kwete zvaari kuzvinyepera izvo

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