The Republic of South Africa has hinted that for the Zimbabwean issue to see a lasting solution, there is need to look for a mediator to facilitate meaningful dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition parties. This follows the move by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to absent themselves from the launch of the Political Actors’ Forum in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.
South African ambassador to Zimbabwe Hon. Mphakama Mbete remarked that there is need for a regional or continental mediator so as to see a permanent solution to the deepening socio-economic crisis in the country. He made the call when he gave an address to those who were in attendance at the meeting. Also present was Cde. ED Mnangagwa representing ZANU PF, recently declared official leader of the MDC-T, President Thokozani Khupe and a number of other opposition political party presidents their representatives, CSO and other non-state actors.
In a clear sign that he wanted someone to mediate on behalf of the region, Hon. Mbete said, “… For credibility the leadership of Zimbabwe wishes to consider a facilitator outside Zimbabwe. We as a region we will be ready to propose names from the African continent…” He further intimated that all political parties should consider being part of national dialogue to bring a solution to the problems bedeviling the nation.
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