MDC President Nelson Chamisa has snubbed the invitation to by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend an Indaba on Wednesday to discuss a framework for National Dialogue and Interaction.
President Mnangagwa invited all political party leaders who contested for presidential elections in 2018 at State House.
However Chamisa said Mnangagwa is not credible enough to convene such a meeting.
“We have a political crisis arising out of a disputed and rigged Presidential election result in Zimbabwe. The Presidency is disputed.” Chamisa charged. “We need genuine dialogue under a credible Convener and mediator to solve this crisis. Stop citizens abuses, beatings and arrests.”
Asked whether he was snubbing the Indaba because he wanted to be the sole invitee and risk destroying hi career Chamisa said, “Dialogue is not charity but for common good. Zimbabwe benefits not individuals. We want the doors not the windows. Politics is a calling not a career for me.
“At the end of the day, Zimbabwe is bigger than any individual. I will rather be destroyed than destroy the hopes of millions in a genuine new dispensation. Dialogue cannot be unilateral and one way. Command politics is not dialogue. No soliloquy.”
MDC Vice President Professor Welshman also weighed in on Chamisa’s statement saying as MDC they will stand by and watch the process failing.
“Irredeemably and irretrievably flawed. Let him dialogue with those who represent no one other than their individual selves. We watch the futility of it all.” Said Professor Ncube.
Political analyst Dr. William Mpofu said if the President was genuine in his commitment to dialogue he would have allowed an independent party to lead the process.
“First best scenario is that churches, or such organisations as what IDASA was, or what the Zimbabwe Institute is should preside over the dialogue. Second is that neighbhoring states with elder states people should do so.
“Or, the third and the last, students, Labour, churches and political parties should call a total mass stay away, indefinite boycott of everything, no street protests that will sacrifice the innocent, and bring all this catastrophe to an end.
“These talks are already bloodied and muddied. The opposition are being invited to clean the mess, the blood of innocent civilians that has enraged the globe. The crocodile wants to be rescued from the bloodied mud.” Dr. Mpofu opined.