Catholic Priest Urges Dialogue Between Zimbabwe’s Leadership
A Catholic priest in Zimbabwe recently called for direct dialogue between the country’s president and main opposition leader. Father Fidelis Mukonori suggested that Nelson Chamisa of the CCC party should meet with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss the disputed 2018 election results.
While Chamisa has disputed the election outcome and refused previous invitations to dialogue platform (Polad), Father Mukonori believes a private meeting could help resolve issues. He said resolving differences through respectful discussion requires “courage, wisdom and thinking outside of what’s easy.” The priest acknowledged such talks are challenging but could help Zimbabwe avoid unstable situations that risk public safety.
President Mnangagwa has consistently said his door remains open for all political actors to discuss matters directly through Polad platform. However, some like Chamisa have so far preferred opposing platforms. Father Mukonori encouraged displaying learned humility through requesting a meeting between the acknowledged winner and perceived loser. He believes serious discussions between Zimbabwe’s leaders could benefit the country’s future.
Internationally, some have criticized Zimbabwe’s electoral processes. But Father Mukonori noted democratic countries also have room for growth. If they truly wish to spread democracy worldwide, Western nations could invite observers from places like Africa to their own elections for mutual learning. The priest affirmed Zimbabwe possesses everything needed for national success when leadership works cooperatively.