FULL TEXT: Mnangagwa bows down to pressure, invites Chamisa and other opposition leaders for talks

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President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has invited opposition political party leaders who contested as Presidential candidates during the 2018 harmonised elections to meet him for dialogue at State House on Wednesday at 1600hrs.

The invitation was made known after one of the candidates Dr. Noah Manyika who is leader of Build Zimbabwe Alliance wrote a public letter in response to the invitation for dialogue with President Mnangagwa.

Commenting on the meeting exiled former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Moyo said, "As the leader of the violent party of atrocities, Mnangagwa has no moral or convening authority to invite presidential candidates in the 2018 election and other handpicked individuals for the so-called Framework for Post Election Dialogue by Political Parties."

Find Dr. Manyika's full letter below:

Earlier today I received a letter signed by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda inviting me and the other candidates who participated in the 2018 election to a meeting with the President at Munhumutapa Offices on Thursday the 7th of February at 10:00am to discuss "The Framework for Post Election Dialogue by Political Parties." I am attaching a copy of the invitation letter below.

I have since received a second message indicating that the meeting has been brought forward to tomorrow the 6th and will now be held at State House at 4pm.

My views on what needs to happen in order for us to have meaningful dialogue are a matter of public record. It is my intention to attend the meeting if as stated in the invitation it is to discuss the framework for dialogue. In my view, real and meaningful dialogue that will lead to the change we desperately need in our country can only happen if the people wrongfully detained have been released and the army is withdrawn completely from the streets and from manning roadblocks. It can only take place if, as the President promised upon his return from his overseas trip, the heads of those who have been responsible for brutalizing citizens roll.

Let me state clearly and unequivocally that I don't believe the president has created the right conditions for dialogue, something that is in his power to do. I will attend this meeting to hear if he is now prepared to do so and will only be prepared to join any continuing dialogue if this is clearly the case.

Dr. Noah Manyika
February 5, 2019.

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MNANGAGWA'S LETTER

INVITATION TO DISCUSS THE FRAMEWORK FOR POST-ELECTION DIALOGUE BY POLITICAL PARTIES

The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa is inviting leaders of political parties who participated in the Presidential election of 30 July 2018 to a meeting to discuss a framework for dialogue and interaction.

Each Presidential candidate is expected to bring three delegates and for those candidates with parliamentary representation, one extra delegate can be from Parliament.

The meeting will be facilitated by the Office of the President and Cabinet, and will be held on 7 February 2019 at 1000 hours in the New Munhumutapa 2nd floor Boardroom.
Delegates are expected to be seated by 0930 hours.

Please ensure that delegates have identification documents for ease of entry.

Dr MJM Sibanda
CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET

Opposition Leaders invited by Mnangagwa

In December last year, Chamisa appealed for dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to stabilise the faltering economy, but the Zanu PF leader ruled out such a possibility, saying he does not work with “losers”.

“We had our peaceful and non-violent elections, and we won with a two-thirds majority,” a combative Mnangagwa told a meeting of his party’s central committee in Harare in December.

“If you think we will form a GNU (government of national unit), then you should be dreaming.

"You have to wake up as soon as possible because it is a nightmare.

"We will run the country for the next five years as provided for by the Constitution, and in the meantime, we are preoccupied with fixing the economy,” the Zanu PF strongman said back then.


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