National dialogue update: Talks to go ahead despite Chamisa absence

The national dialogue kicked off at the State house on Wednesday despite the conditions which have been set by the main opposition MDCA leader Nelson Chamisa.

In a letter to be submitted to President Emmerson Mnangagwa by Sessel Zvidzai who is the chief of Staff in Chamisa’s office.

“It is our considered view that at the core of the Crisis In Zimbabwe in the disputed Presidential election result and the associated governance issues, in view of this, the MDC’s position is that the dialogue process must be convened by an independent mediator and not one of the disputants. In this respect the MDC believes that genuine dialogue can only take place if regionally facilitated and mediated by SADC and guaranteed by the AU and UN, it is also our view and position that genuine dialogue can only take place when a conducive environment has been created for the same. In this respect the people of Zimbabwe.

The letter set conditions which includes the restoration of rule of law, restore and guarantee the security of all citizens.

Zanu PF insiders, however, said dialoue will continue despite Chamisa’s absence.

“Nothing will stop the dialogue because there are other close to 20 presidential candidates who are attending. In any case dialogue is for Zimbabweans whose political parties participated in the elections,” said the source.