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Mnangagwa, Chamisa duty-bound to hammer way out

06 Oct 2018 at 09:13hrs | Views
THE current socio-economic crisis in the country is untenable and demands that the two major political parties - Zanu-PF and the MDC Alliance - hammer some kind of deal that will help better the lot of citizens who are now burdened beyond measure by the two protagonists' endless bickering, while the country is on fire.

The clergy has since the run-up to the July 30 poll been pushing for dialogue and we hope both parties will see wisdom in that. There is an urgent need to inclusively map the way forward.

One thing for certain is that no single political party has the capacity to extricate the country out of the current mess, which is why the church has seen wisdom in bringing the two parties to the negotiating table so that they hammer out some kind of deal.

Although MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has insisted to never be lured into that kind of deal which will virtually have him "swallowed" by Zanu-PF, he must be reminded that, of course, his life will go on comfortably, but the majority of his supporters will also pay a huge price for whatever is going on, which makes concession a better devil.

One thing that is clear is that all the problems we are experiencing now are a result of the ongoing political contestation between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his nemesis Chamisa - and we cannot afford to have this continue for the next five years, because dark days are beckoning.

Just after the elections, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches called on the MDC Alliance, which had been aggrieved by the election results, to seek recourse in the courts of law.

Chamisa and the opposition MDC Alliance party duly submitted themselves to the constitutional process, which means they are duty-bound, in the same breath, to embrace the outcome of that process.

The welfare of the people of Zimbabwe must be foremost in the minds of politicians rather than their own parochial political interests.

Whatever punitive policies that are adopted at the behest of politicians will not affect the politicians per se, but it is the ordinary man in the street who will bear the brunt.

We hail the church for its continued efforts to bring the political principals to the negotiating table, failing which the politicians will only drive the country down the abyss.

This implies that both parties need to find common ground for dialogue and we hope the church will be able to break through to both parties and set the ball rolling at the earliest opportunity.

It is indisputable that we have a wounded nation that is currently stuck in a hellhole, which makes such dialogue a necessity.

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