MDC president Nelson Chamisa said that dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa is inevitable.
Chamisa said this after a meeting with The Elders, a group of eminent global peace campaigners on Saturday.
The Elders’ chair, Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and her deputy Graca Machel, the widow of Mozambique’s founding father Samora Machel and South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela also met Mnangagwa and MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe.
Chamisa revealed that the Elders told him that Zimbabwe’s problems can only be addressed through dialogue. He said:
“It (the dialogue) is inevitable. They (The Elders) urged us to dialogue with Mnangagwa. They said we should find a way to manage our issues in a manner that would save the country from collapsing.
“Their emphasis is to bring the parties together. They said the problems in Zimbabwe can only be addressed if we dialogue.”
Both Chamisa and Mnangagwa have spoken publicly in favour of dialogue but have differed over how it has to be conducted.
While Chamisa insists on meeting Mnangagwa one-on-one, the latter has refused to relent on the Political Dialogue Actors (POLAD), a dialogue platform which encompasses all presidential candidates in the 2018 elections. Chamisa has hitherto snubbed POLAD. Chamisa is the people’s favourite leader.