Chamisa snubs ED

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday rejected an offer by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to give him official recognition as an opposition leader, saying he is challenging his rival’s legitimacy.


Mnangagwa revealed during interviews with United States television networks on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly that Chamisa would be given certain perks as leader of the opposition.

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa (wearing a white helmet) led a clean-up campaign in Glen View and Budiriro, Harare, yesterday. The high-density suburbs were the most hard hit by the recent cholera outbreak. Picture: Aaron Ufumeli

The gesture was seen as an attempt to end the dispute that ensued after the July elections where the MDC Alliance accused the Zanu PF leader of rigging the elections.

A petition by Chamisa challenging the presidential election results was thrown out by the Constitutional Court, but the opposition still refuses to recognise Mnangagwa’s victory.

However, Chamisa told his supporters during a clean-up campaign in Harare’s Budiriro and Glen View suburbs that he remained focused on proving that he won the elections.

“They are saying they want me to go to Parliament and I said: ‘Are you sick?’ I was elected to go to State House and not Parliament,” he said.

“Hold forth because we are not easily convinced. I have no fear because I know you are solidly behind me.”

The youthful politician caused a stir in the two suburbs during the clean-up campaign when thousands of people mobbed him.

Meanwhile, Chamisa told The Standard that he would consider talks on the proposals announced by Mnangagwa.

“That (position) is a non-issue,” he said.

“That has nothing to do with me and the most crucial issue in this country is to deal with the five issues that we put forward. This five-point plan is the pass to transformation and legitimacy.”

He said his plan included restoring democracy, offering a reform package, national healing and peace building, international re-engagement based on reforms and democratic values and a collective response to the humanitarian crisis in the country.

“Those are the issues that we must focus on. The issue is not about creating a position without consensus or that which does not address the fundamental issues,” he said.

“Zimbabweans are suffering, they are jobless, homeless and ‘happyless’, peaceless and because of the questions of governance and legitimacy of disputed elections which we must address and correct first.

“You don’t cure symptoms, but you cure causes. The problem in the country is not cholera, but the biggest disease that we have is a leadership and governance crisis. Of course, we have cholera, but it is a manifestation of problems.”

Chamisa condemned the government crackdown against vendors in Harare saying it was insensitive. He claimed the government was using the fight against cholera as an excuse to victimise his supporters.

“You turn a disease into a political weapon. Mnangagwa must not capitalise on a disease for politics,” Chamisa said.

“Mnangagwa must stop harassing vendors. Who is not a vendor? we are all vendors and it’s only that we have different stations of vending. Mnangagwa is a vendor when in New York, Beijing or Davos and why should it be a problem to be a vendor in the CBD when you yourself you are vending in the capitals of the world?

“Will he be comfortable if he is treated the same way he is treating vendors here? It’s not good at all.

“I told the councillors that they must not be involved in harassing the vendors, if they want to victimise people, let them do it on their own.

“But you know that there is no one who survives forever by victimising other people and when tables turn we will ask them.”

He said the MDC had a clear plan to revive the economy.

Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said they would not be part of raids against vendors and also thanked the MDC leadership for supporting them in the fight against cholera.

Gomba said vendors should be treated with respect as they contribute to council’s revenue for them to upgrade service delivery.

“Cholera was not caused by vendors, no, and after all it is not a problem to be a vendor because people will be trying to earn a living,” he said.

“Cholera was caused by a contaminated borehole at Tichagarika and not vendors.”

“Therefore, vendors and all the residents must not try to apportion blame where there is none. Vending is an honest way of earning a living.”

Cholera has killed at least 49 people out of nearly 7 000 cases recorded mainly in Harare.

6 Responses to Chamisa snubs ED

  1. Raw deal September 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Stop living a lie Chamisa! The election is a done deal.
    If anything you require ED more than he requires you for you to remain politically afloat.
    I can’t make a fool of myself.

  2. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe September 30, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

    Kana vaChamisa vasingadi ngavasamanikidzwa. Nekuti zvikadaro vachazotiwo, “sezvo mada zvekuti tibatsirane, ngaibatsiranewo kutanga tabhadhara mari dziri mayererano neCon Court. Uye zvichisanganisira $3.2m yemaGweta eZanu PF. Kana pasi izvozvo
    kwete.,” Zvadaro, zvozonziyi? Pamwe mabvumawo kubatsira, zvozonzi kudiyi? Izvo kuti zvizonzi Mutungamiri webato rinopikisa
    akwenewo mudare reParamende bato raanotungamirira rinenge rine VAMIRIRIRI vangani muParamende? Kana vasingasviki chidimu, ini handiwone zvakakodzera. Nekuti zvikadaro panoita mibvunzo yakawandisa. Nekudaro, bato rakakunda zvine MUTSINDO ngarishande zvine MUTSINDO. Kiyitira kuti rikaita sezvarakavimbisa vanhu nguva yesarudzo, vanhu vanowonawo kugona kwaro. Kana rakundikanawo, vanhu onawo kukundikana kwaro pasina wekunongedza. Ragonawo, panenge pasina anoti dayi pasina isu, zvingadayi zviri madhisinyongoro. Nekudaro, vakakunda ngavazadzikise zvavakavimbisa vanhu voga. Kana hofisi
    yebato rinokwidza iichigadzirwa, yomirira 2023. Nekuti pavimbiso
    hapana akavimbisa mubatanidzwa. Handiti?

  3. Prosper Chinamhora September 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Obey Manayiti, u and Chamisa are trying to mislead the people. ED did not say he is creating a position for Chamisa but borrowing the wisdom of Commonwealth parliamentary democracy practiced by the organ’s other members.

    The position is for an opposition leader in parliament where such a person will receive a salary from the fiscus, personifying the position is wrong as its something that aimed at outliving the current politician including Chamisa. That position can go to any leader of opposition in parliament and Chamisa is not in Parliament

    Obey, the truth shall set u free, be professional enough and write/report on the truth, If a politician gives wrong meaning to a process correct them rather than going with the wrong.

  4. Pios chekah October 1, 2018 at 12:51 am #

    That is true mr chamisa, yu must reject that post they want to creat.Itsitsi dzei kubvisa mwana wemvana madzihwa.

    • tmutekwe October 2, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      @Pios Chekah. Contrary to your warped thinking and desire to see Zimbabwe in a perpetual state of political crisis this creation of a position of the Official Leader of the Opposition in Parly is meant to increase exclusivity in national governance for the Opposition leader so that he or she makes meaningful contribution to the nation’s development within parliament unlike the case now in which Chamisa merely demonize his own country whenever he gets the platform that he seem to enjoy in retrogressive private media channels.

  5. Taurai October 5, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    What is this moron talking about? Allowing vendors into the CBD? He is clearly looking for popular support. He is clueless when it comes to problem solving. Clearly he has no logical solution to this problem.

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