Government has rejected claims by MDC- A President Nelson Chamisa that President Emmerson Mnangagwa betrayed the late MDC Morgan Tsvangirai to support the bid to remove Robert Mugabe in 2017 with a hope that they will work together.
Addressing a memorial service for the late Tsvangirai at his rural home in Buhera, Chamisa said he would reverge for that deception and force Zanu PF to the dialogue table.
But ministry of Information and Broadcasting Service Secretary, Nick Mangwana said such claims were false.
“This is false, it has always been that the constitution was to be followed. A transitional authority needed a constitutional amendment,” said Mangwana.
Chamisa had told the crowd that Mnangagwa had agreed to work with Tsvangirai to solve the economic crisis.
“Tsvangirai told me that ‘Chamisa, we are now going to help remove the poverty caused by Mugabe but the assurance I have is that we are going to have a transition authority’, I said to him this is a good thing. I asked him if he was sure with the people he was dealing with and he said ‘let us give them time’. We gave them time and they betrayed my old man,” Chamisa told the gathering.
The MDC supported and urged its members to take to the streets along with other Zimbabweans to force Mugabe to step down while its MPs participated in the parliamentary impeachment process aimed at forcing the then Zanu PF leader to quit.
“This is the problem we have in this country. And hence I am saying Mnangagwa, today, we, we don’t want to remove you violently, but we stated that for our agenda to go forward, they has to be a political dialogue, dialogue between Zanu PF and the MDC, dialogue between Mnangagwa and us. If we don’t do that, all what is taking place with other parties is wasting time. Dialogue is the only answer and we said if Mnangagwa continues tp refuse dialogue, we are going to show you the law and show to you who has power. We have the people, no one voted for Mnangagwa, he was just installed, and you know that. He was installed by the Con-Court, not you,” Chamisa said.
“On this issue, we are not mistaken, we are resolute on this issue Cde Chibebe (Wellington), even if it means being tough, no matter what happens, when we are done, the country has to move forward and we must have a legitimate government. As soon we are done with our congress, I will go regional and inform that come and help us solve this issue. The direction we are taking is to move this country forward,” Chamisa said.
“Let us have dialogue and if you don’t want dialogue, we are going to drag you to the talking table, kicking and screaming,” Chamisa said.
The founding MDC leader died in February last year after battling with cancer.