Norton legislator and independent Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa today said Zimbabweans should show the same zeal they had in condemning xenophobic attacks in South Africa in joining national dialogue to address the challenges that the country is facing.
“We’re quick to attack xenophobia but slow to re-engage & address our own challenges. It’s my prayer that one day soon, @edmnangagwa & @nelsonchamisa must meet & talk with National Interest at heart,” Mliswa tweeted.
He said he did not believe Mnangagwa and Chamisa had a problem meeting each other but they were being advised wrongly.
“I don’t believe @edmnangagwa & @nelsonchamisa have a problem with meeting each other but are they being advised soundly? People from both @ZANUPF_Official & @MDCAllianceZW are suffering & solutions must come up,” he said.
Mliswa, a former Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front provincial chairman, said Mnangagwa was surrounded by some hardliners who put party and personal interests ahead of those of the nation.
Sadly, he said, these were the same people that led to the downfall of former President Robert Mugabe and are responsible for the country’s present woes.
On Chamisa, Mliswa said he prayed that the MDC leader would get good advice.
“I also pray that those surrounding @nelsonchamisa are advising him correctly. Often we witness those surrounding leaders being the bearers of bad advice to the detriment of the leader,” he said.
Chamisa and Mnangagwa have so far failed to get to the negotiating table because Chamisa does not recognise Mnangagwa’s victory in last year’s elections and claims to have won those elections though he has not provided any proof more than a year after the elections.
Mnangagwa has said he will only meet Chamisa after he recognises him.
There is growing concern that Chamisa might be running out of time as some Western countries that supported him are said to be switching to one of his deputies Tendai Biti.
Mnangagwa’s biggest enemy is the economy but his Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says Zimbabweans have to brace it for 117 more days and it will be over.