MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has resolved to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa for a political dialogue to resolve the economic crisis engulfing Zimbabwe.
Addressing a press conference at his party headquarters in Harare on Tuesday, Chamisa said he was now willing to discuss with Mnangagwa on the formation of a Transitional Authority to run the country.
“The only way forward is for a political dialogue with ZANU PF and it is not about the creation of another Government of National Unity (GNU), but we need to have a Transitional Authority which mechanisms we can discuss. This idea of a Transitional Authority was started with the late party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, along with other war veteran leaders, including Christopher Mutsvangwa, as way of getting former President Robert Mugabe out of office,” he said.
“The Transitional Authority must be a compromise as we don’t want a repeat of GNU; we have experience now, once beaten twice shy. This political dialogue will discuss political legitimacy which has to be resolved. This will help to end the problems we are facing in the country,” he said.
ZANU PF secretary for Information and Publicity, Simon Khaya Moyo, said the party leadership had no time to discuss with Chamisa on the Transitional Authority matters.
“We are focusing on improving our economy as we don’t have a political crisis in the country. The elections are over and President Mnangagwa was given the mandate in the elections to be the leader of the country,” he said.
Chamisa said his party was going ahead with the 19th anniversary of the MDC, scheduled for Gwanzura Stadium this Saturday despite the ban on the rally by the police due to a cholera outbreak.
“Political gatherings and meetings are taking place organised by ZANU PF and we also have soccer matches happening and the police have not banned those. We intend to approach the court to be granted the right to hold our celebrations if the police try to stop us,” he said.
– Business Times