Nelson Chamisa has reportedly scrutinised President Emmerson Mnangagwa after he proposed a piece of land in Victoria Falls to US President Donald Trump to build a state of the art golf course.
Mnangagwa said he was prepared to offer land to Donald Trump to build a golf course in a national park teeming with wildlife.
Emmerson Mnangagwa said this while addressing to a New York investors’ forum ahead of his first address to a United Nations annual gathering of world leaders this week.
Mnangagwa said he made the offer to Donald Trump staffers earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, pitching land in the tourist town of Victoria Falls.
“I had offered President Trump ground to build a state-of-the-art golf course so that as he plays he can be able to see the big five,” Zimbabwe’s president said. The “big five” refers to big game: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard.
The land offer reportedly appeared to be part of Mnangagwa’s administration at normalising relations between the two countries.
But Chamisa slammed the land offer, describing it as Mnangagwa’s desperate attempt to buy “legitimacy” after winning a disputed election on July 30.
Chamisa remained adamant that his election victory was stolen for the just-ended Zimbabwe elections.
The report quoted a statement by the MDC’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda, as saying that Chamisa was “concerned and shocked” over “illegitimate Mnangagwa’s unsophisticated, amateurish PR inspired and on the fly policy approach is costing Zimbabwe’s economy at worst time imaginable”.
Chamisa described the land offer as illegal and would require the US government to be more careful when formulating policy direction on Zimbabwe.
“Since the US is a law-abiding country, what the offer now means is that the US president will, as a result of Mr Mnangagwa’s ill-advised move, have to be extremely careful when making policy on Zimbabwe to prevent being construed as reacting positively because of a private business offer.”
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