Senior MDC officials have reportedly met their Zanu PF counterparts in a move that may result in one-on-one talks between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
Zanu PF secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, on Tuesday confirmed to the DailyNews that MDC top officials have visited the party’s headquarters to push for dialogue. Said Mpofu:
"A few of them (MDC officials) have been here (at Zanu PF headquarters) and my position as the secretary-general of the party is that they should formalise their engagements to show that they are coming from Chamisa so that I can also progress it accordingly to my superiors.
"It is a good idea that we engage (with Chamisa) … we are all Zimbabweans. The president is very clear and he means what he says (about the need to have inclusive talks)."
President Mnangagwa and Chamisa have hitherto failed to meet even though analysts have urged the two to bury the hatchet as the only way to salvage the country’s economy which is moving dangerously downhill.
President Mnangagwa initiated the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) platform but Chamisa has refused to take part in the process demanding a neutral mediator while at the same time he continues to question Mnangagwa’s legitimacy. Mnangagwa controversially won 2018 presidential election by a wafer-thin 50.6 %. The Zimbabwean economy has continued to plunge under his watch.