The day that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa meet at the same place in public seems to be so near and yet so far.
The two have never met in public since Mnangagwa’s inauguration.
So many opportunities have been presented for the two most prominent politicians in the country to meet but such has been elusive.
The latest ‘near-meeting’ of the two was at the MDC –Alliance 5th Congress which is currently underway at Ascot stadium in the Midlands capital Gweru but
Mnangagwa snubbed Chamisa’s invitation.
MDC Organising secretary Amos Chibaya told members of the press that they had extended an invitation to ZANU PF, Thokozani Khupe and all other political parties in Zimbabwe.
“We invited all political parties in Zimbabwe, Zanu PF included,” said party organising secretary Amos Chibaya.
“We also invited war veterans, the likes of Cde (Victor) Matemadanda and company. We also invited chiefs through honourable Chief Charumbira, the president of the Chiefs’ Council.
“She (Khupe) was invited because she belongs to MDC-T.”
Added party spokesperson Jacob Mafume:
“We know that Zanu PF likes to peep; it is a peeping Tom. We know that even if we had not invited them, they would be there. So we have invited them. The organising secretary can confirm.”
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa was received with wild cheers when he attended South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration at Peter Mokaba stadium in Pretoria.
Renowned Uganda Human Rights Defender Bobi Wine was the guest of honour at the first MDC congress without the founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai who passed away on February 14 2018.