THE MDC President, Nelson Chamisa, Monday morning came out guns blazing demanding the State House keys insisting the people of Zimbabwe voted for him ahead of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the just ended July 30 polls.
Chamisa said that the 30 July polls were stolen adding that the keys to state house are not given on court pronouncement, but by the electorate who he said gave him the mandate to run the country and must be respected.
Speaking at the party Headquarters in Harare at a welcome ceremony of the National People’s Party executive members who have resigned from the Joice Mujuru’s led party, Chamisa said he is not accepting President Mnangagwa’s bid to console him with a post in parliament.
Chamisa said the people of Zimbabwe’s presidential choice must be respected.
“I was not voted to go to parliament, those who were voted to go into parliament we have them. When I came to the people of Zimbabwe I asked for an opportunity to go to state house. People of Zimbabwe gave me the keys and the keys were stolen. We want our keys. But to reclaim our keys, there is need of a thoughtful program of action which we shall unleash in a peaceful manner.”
He said he has no problem with President Mnangagwa creating an official opposition office in Zimbabwe, but has a problem of overturning the choice of the Zimbabwean people who voted him to be the leader of the country not to be in parliament as opposition leader.
He added that Mnangagwa can pick from any of his parliamentarians to occupy the office not him because that is not what people voted for.
“We have said Mnangagwa should come and discuss on stolen election, we have to agree first who won the elections, and then we can dialogue from that position.
“I cannot be consoled by a minor position when I know that I’m the one who won the elections, how do I go back to the people of Zimbabwe who gave me victory to tell them that I have accepted the opposition leader in parliament, yet they know they gave me the mandate to lead the country.
“Takataura tikati haivhiyiwi, it takes two to tango,” retorted Chamisa.
Chamisa said the party is finalizing program of action to be executed peacefully in the near future in an attempt to reclaim the 2018 election victory.
“We are busy organising a collective program of action that we are going to enrol peacefully. [The program] seeks to call for respect to what we voted for. What have been announced does not resonate with the people’s choice,” he said.
President Mnangagwa recently revealed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he is working on a frame work that bids to award the opposition leader a post, a template reported to have been crafted by Britain to save the 76 year old leader from legitimacy crisis.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same occasion, former NPP chairman and former Zanu PF central committee member, Dzikamai Mavhaire heaped praise on Chamisa saying their decision to join the MDC is not driven by the desire to occupy top posts in the opposition party urging his compatriots to work hard saying the reward will be forth come in due course.