Opposition MDC President, Nelson Chamisa has once again snubbed a dialogue meeting called at the State House today maintaining that the venue for dialogue and the convener of the meeting were compromised.
In his bid to bring closure to the July 2018 election dispute, President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for a dialogue meeting at his state residence on the eve of his departure for the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume told 263Chat that dialogue that excludes his party boss is just but a monologue charging that President Mnangagwa will be speaking on his own.
“We have described it as a monologue. It’s not a dialogue. That is a monologue where the President will be speaking about himself to himself with himself.
“We received the initial invitation and we replied saying we are not coming until principles of a dialogue are established. We have a dispute between them and us. So that dispute cannot be mediated by ourselves just like at home or anywhere else that people have a dispute they cannot self-mediate.
“Self-mediation has failed. So we need a mediator; an independent mediator and a platform where present issues that are affecting the people of Zimbabwe. The problem of Zimbabwe is not us speaking and talking about ourselves as politicians. We have an economic and social crisis that’s occurring that need to be solved,” Mafume said.
263Chat further learnt that the dialogue meeting at State House did not go smoothly as one opposition leader Daniel Shumba walked out while Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) leader Nkosana Moyo was restrained from leaving.
Shumba told 263Chat that he could not proceed with the meeting at State House as he saw it as a ‘Nonsense.’
“I told them that I cannot be part of nonsense and I walked yes,” said Shumba.
“Mnangagwa was not there yet he is the one who invited us and he delegated some guy (Nare) and he was out of his depth. He does not know the difference between a moderator and a chairman. In our initial meeting, we raised a lot of pertinent issues and we could not proceed without Mnangagwa responding to those issues,” he added.
Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BZA) President Dr Noah Manyika also joined Chamisa in dodging the dialogue meeting citing the same reasons as raised by Shumba and Chamisa.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa could not be drawn to comment as she said she was in a meeting.
Writing on social media, Daniel Shumba later said,
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has formally withdrawn from the so-called National Dialogue process. It’s insincere, choreographed, and highly compromised process, with some political principals singing for their supper.
We disagree with the process, purpose, issues and level of engagement. Clearly, no outcomes can be expected from this facade. The process starts with a predetermined agenda even before agreeing on the moderator, issues, or milestones. It’s inconsequential and of no effect.
The President didn’t even attend nor extend an apology. Was presided on by a Nhare, who is clearly out of his depth, and following a Zanu PF script. They refuse to broaden the participation to include other stakeholders. Zimbabwe is broader than just political parties.
The Constitution of Zimbabwe doesn’t provide for such a process. The absence of a willingness to legitimize the Nation Dialogue renders it an adventure or circus. The UDA refuses to be blindfolded or used as an extension of Zanu PF. The Nation shouldn’t expect any outcomes.
After the introductory remarks by political principals, the President ought to have responded to the litany of issues raised. The President is in deliberate and willful violation of the Constitution. The Mwenezi threats reveal the disregard and disrespect of this process.
The National Dialogue fallacy is meant to clothe the fox in sheep’s clothes. The UDA won’t sanitize a conspiracy or be part of a betrayal of the people’s expectations. We’re not opportunists and won’t be part of a process that fortifies delinquencies at the people’s expense.
The UDA will be joining a Constitutional Application confirming the President’s deliberate and wilful negation of duty in terms of section 167(2)(d) of the Constitution. It’s time for constitutionalism and the rule of law. Standing with the people. ‘For such a time as this’.