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Ramaphosa piles pressure on Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter
18 May 2019 at 12:00hrs | Views
South Africa pilled pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday by pushing for all inclusive talks involving MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa saying Pretoria is ready to provide a facilitator for the National Dialogue.

South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mphakama Mbete who said the SADC region is ready to provide a facilitator for the National Dialogue told the gathering that, "If necessary for credibility, the leadership of Zimbabwe wishes to consider a facilitator from outside Zimbabwe, we as a region will be ready to propose names from the African Continent."

Mbete was speaking at the National Dialogue launch on Friday.
Although, the main contender during the July 30, 2018 elections in terms of votes, the Chamisa-led MDC is not part of the process, a majority of those who participated have endorsed Mnangagwa's leadership and reiterating the need to come up with collective solutions to the country's problems.
Chamisa has since welcomed the proposal.

Said Chamsia, "We welcome the wise words by the South African Ambassador Mphakama Mbete. He said: the national dialogue must be inclusive and participatory take into account the views of all Zimbabweans.

"We restate that dialogue can't be credible when it ignores the views of 2,6m voters

Chamisa added that Zimbabwe's crisis was political and not legal.

"Zimbabwe's crisis is political. We haven't had genuine and true political settlement since the days of Lancaster, Unity accord and GPA GNU. Deceptive, manipulative politics upon fake dialogue is the source of all our national discohesion. This breeds false, disputed & rigged processes," he said.
The parties signed the code of conduct that will bind their operations and conduct during the tenure of the talks.

Ambassador Mbete also applauded Zimbabwe for the initiative, saying the Southern African Development Community region stood ready to assist in any way to ensure the dialogue endures.

"We are grateful that the leadership of Zimbabwe has established the dialogue voluntarily," Mbete said.

"This is a demonstration by an African country working on an African problem to get an African solution. The success of the dialogue will have far reaching consequences to the region."

Source - newsday