If there is no dialogue, then we can forget about 2023 elections, says Chamisa

By Sibusiso Ncube

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has said if there is no proper dialogue and reforms, then Zimbabwe should forget about holding credible elections that will bring about the much needed political and economic change in 2023.

Chamisa is hoping for dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a bid to rescue the current challenges in the economy but pre-talks conditions from both sides have delayed the process.

Addressing the media in Bulawayo, the MDC leader said dialogue with Mnangagwa is a necessity adding that even the liberation struggle there had to be dialogue at the end.

“Assuming for argument sake let’s say we were going for a liberation struggle and even if we were to defeat Zanu PF, no fight is without dialogue at the end, in this country we had to wedge a war and dialogue at the end.

“Ultimately Zimbabweans needs to dialogue to solve their problems and this is not a Chamisa decision but a national decision.

“There can never be 2023 elections without resolving 2018, part of the reasons why we are having problems now is because we have not concluded the agenda of nation-building.

“So if we are to prepare for 2023 elections, we will win the election, V11s will be manipulated and we go to the Constitutional Court and the ConCourt makes a verdict and we have a reproduction of what we have seen since 2000,” he said.

According to Nelson Chamisa “We did not resolve 2000 and had a replica of 2005, we did not resolve 2005, therefore, we had a replica in 2008, we did not solve 2008 and we did not resolve 2008 when President Mbeki came and we had the same problem in 2013 and 2013 repeated itself in 2018.

“This is exactly what Victor Matemadanda is saying that elections in this country don’t matter they are just a ritual and at the end of the day what matters is what Zanu PF wants and those who are enforcers, that’s why the military is important in the dialogue.

“Even if we were to pour millions in demonstrations dialogue is important, there has to be a conversation of the politics of our land, elections are meaningless in Zimbabwe without comprehensive reforms,” said Chamisa.

Chamisa also took the opportunity to inform the media that President Mnangagwa is the one who is delaying national dialogue as he is not answering Thabo Mbeki’s calls.

“After I and Mnangagwa met Mbeki in Harare the agreement was Mnangagwa will sit down with his government and party officials and map a way forward but since then nothing has materialized.

“I can assure you that Mbeki has been trying to call Mnangagwa but he is not answering his calls.

“All I can do is being patient and I can’t go the hard way as I know the consequences of doing so,” he said.

Chamisa also told the media that MDC wants the military which played a pivotal role in ousting Robert Mugabe in 2017 to be part of the dialogue as they also have a stake in the politics of the nation.

“We made a position after the national council of our party that we want the military to be part of our dialogue and many don’t understand us the reason why we are saying this is we are a lot wiser looking at history and we know that the military is part of the solution in the country on account of the problems we are facing and on definition of the problem you find that they are part of the puzzle,” he said

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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