FEARLESS politician Linda Masarira has said MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s claim that President Mnangagwa is “illegitimate” has no legal legs to stand on.
Her statement follows Chamisa’s admission in an interview on France24 TV yesterday that he would accept South African President Cyril Ramaphosa “or anyone from the AU or SADC” as the dialogue convener with President Mnangagwa.
Masarira says that admission by Chamisa leaves him badly exposed, as any dialogue sponsored by the African Union (AU) or SADC will have to abide by the two continental bodies’ election reports.
Both SADC and the AU declared the 2018 harmonized elections free, fair and credible.
“Desperation for power sharing has disillusioned an erstwhile Cde (Chamisa), his “legitimacy” issue has no legal legs and basis to stand on. Dialogue even under the auspices of SADC and AU will have to abide by the SADC and AU election observer reports,” Masarira, who is also the national spokesperson of rival opposition party MDC-T, has said.
Speaking to France 24’s Marc Perelman from the Harare, Chamisa said yesterday that he was willing to accept Ramaphosa or anyone from the SADC and AU as dialogue convener.
Linda said that statement by Chamisa was made out of desperation for power sharing with Mnangagwa.
Chamisa has snubbed both pre-dialogue meetings called by President Mnangagwa’s government at State House, arguing that the current leadership is illegitimate.
He also maintains he was rigged out of his victory in last year’s elections, a position which has been dismissed by AU and SADC election reports.
He said he was ready “any time” for “a credible and genuine” dialogue with Mnangagwa but insisted that it should be done through international mediation, pointing to South Africa, SADC and the African Union as “ideal” go-betweens.
Finally, Chamisa brushed aside reports that he had offered Mnangagwa a power-sharing agreement whereby they would each head the country for two years.
Watch the full interview Chamisa had on the video below