Don’t twist Mbeki’s word; MDC fires a salvo at Zanu PF

Harare-The Nelson Chamisa led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has castigated alleged intention by Zanu PF to spin former President Thabo Mbeki’s statements that a political dialogue in Zimbabwe should be presided over by a neutral convener.

In a statement released on Tuesday the MDC said Zanu PF stance was an act of desperation to find endorsement.

“Zanu PF’s intention to spin remarks by President Mbeki are baseless and an act of desperation to find endorsement where none exists.

“In essence President Mbeki recognises that a win which Mnangagwa claims to have obtained has failed to create sufficient consensus and should therefore be cured by National dialogue. He also recognises that the reservations the MDC has in the ongoing dialogue must be attended to” read a statement from the MDC

The statement added “More importantly the point of departure is that the basis of dialogue is that there was Electoral fraud, triumphalism in which the “winner” takes everything and runs towards the mountain will not work. It is therefore mischievous to have a couple of people gathering around a table and agreeing that the election was credible and therefore there is no need to talk about it”

Mbeki’s remarks, the MDC says is an indictment of both the Judiciary and Zec.

“The current crisis is a reflection of election results which are not reflective of the people’s will. President Mbeki makes that point quiet clearly. His interview is an indictment on both the Judiciary and ZEC, a point we have always made”

Mbeki was quoted as saying it is pointless to claim victory when the nation is divided.

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“It is not a matter of I won the election and I won the matter in court and that is the end of the matter. You need maximum unity in order to address the national challenges. The MDC must be part of the process” said Mbeki

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