Zimbabwe Dialogue: MDC Vice President Tendai Biti speaks out

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MDC vice president, Tendai Biti has reiterated his party’s willingness to engage in dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Writing on microblogging site Twitter, Biti said that the country needs dialogue and healing and that the MDC will give dialogue a chance.

Wrote Biti:

It was indeed sad sending off for Vimbayi and we are indebted to the thousands who paid their respects.

The church service at the City Sports displayed the huge scars of a tortured society. The country needs dialogue and healing. As MDC we will give dialogue a chance.

While both Mnangagwa and the MDC have expressed willingness to talk, the two sides are poles apart on what to talk about and how.

The MDC wants the dialogue to be centred on issues to do with Mnangagwa’s legitimacy as it has rejected his narrow and controversial victory in the 2018 elections, claiming that the polls were rigged in favour of the Zanu PF leader by Justice Priscilla Chigumba's ZEC, while Mnangagwa has demanded that Chamisa join little-known losing candidates in the presidential election within the State House dialogue framework.

The MDC wants any dialogue with Mnangagwa to yield a transitional authority that will prepare for fresh elections.

The MDC has also insisted on having an external mediator while Mnangagwa has supported the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission in playing the role.


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