MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has refuted claims that he is a problem child in Zimbabwe’s body politic, saying he is young but not a baby.
Chamisa was responding to Mnangagwa’s Independence eve interview broadcast by the State media on Saturday, where the latter urged opposition political leaders to cut their ties with the United States for him to recognise them as proper Zimbabweans.
Chamisa asserted that he has always been open to dialogue with Mnangagwa but not under the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD). Said Chamisa:
Let us build bridges in Zimbabwe and my message to ED is, stop burning bridges, stop being destructive, stop dividing the country, stop hate language and hatred. Don’t be vindictive, don’t be a victim of ageism. We are young but not babies.
… We have always invited him to smoke the peace pipe, but he is carrying a machete and sjamboks and that is the problem. He thinks every problem is a nail that needs a hammer. Violence has no winner and one thing about violence is that no one has a monopoly (over it).
He mistakes us as an opposition. We are not an opposition, but an alternative. That lady (Thokozani Khupe) and that guy (Douglas Mwonzora) he created are his ‘opposition’.
He says there must be a loyal opposition, loyal to who? We are loyal and patriotic to Zimbabwe and its people.
In his pre-recorded interview, Mnangagwa dismissed Chamisa and his deputy Tendai Biti as surrogates of the West, accusing them of inviting sanctions on Zimbabwe.