The MDC President Nelson Chamisa has called for a national transitional authority to lay a framework that will resolve the ongoing political and economic crisis the country is currently facing.
In the past weeks up till present day Zimbabweans have been experiencing price hikes with the availability of food, fuel and pharmaceuticals dwindling.
Speaking to the press on the current economic state at Morgan Tsvangirai House yesterday Advocate Chamisa said Zimbabwe should move forward through a transitional authority which will not only solve the legitimacy problem but will also curb the economy from getting worse.
“We can’t be focusing on elections everytime, we must focus on development and economics but to be able to do that we must liberate our country from the vicious circle of politics.We need a national transitional authority so that we resolve this crisis.”
“The transitional authority is going to be a creature of the discussions, we do not want to define the confines and parameters of it now because we want a national discourse,” he said.
He also said that ZANU PF reneged on the promise of a transitional government that they had agreed on earlier with the late Morgan Tsvangirai and chose the path of elections without a transitional authority, arguing that the MDC would not agree to be used through a GNU.
”Before the death of our President Tsvangirai there was an unanimous agreement with our colleagues from across the political divide in ZANU PF, the war vets, who were discussing with Mr Tsvangirai.Mr Matemadanda and Mr Mutsvangwa know this, that a there was going to be a transitional authority, adding “we want something that is not going to compromise the MDC because we don’t want a repeat of 2008, where we were used to chlorinate the infected,”
“We don’t want a repeat of 2008 and once bitten twice shy, the agenda is not about power, positions, but answers to the people of Zimbabwe. We need permanent answers to resolve the national question.” Chamisa said.
Chamisa has been in talks with religious leaders pushing for a political dialogue between the opposition and the president.
“We are ready to discuss, but we aren’t ready to be forced into legitimizing the illegitimate, there hasn’t been any appetite from Mr Mnangagwa he seems to want to discuss with the international community forgetting that the local community is more important,”he said.
Chamisa, who still denies to have lost the vote to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the 30th of July said he is not interested in any offers that are not legal.
“I have told Mr Mnangagwa that if he wants to create the office of an opposition leader, It’s fine! He must create his own position because he is the opposition when we look at what the people voted for.”
The opposition leader has bemoaned “fiscal indiscipline on the part of government” claiming from November last year to date the government spent more than the national budget. “Because of the high expenditure tendencies on the part of government,we end up having a deficit on the part of the budget and once there is a deficit, we now have a government that is induced into borrowing in order to finance that deficit,”said Chamisa
According to the NewsDay, Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana described Chamisa’s utterances as madness.
“He is mad. There was no discussion of this nature. We govern this country through the Constitution and as a lawyer, I expect him to read it,” Mangwana said.
“We only have a transitional government if there is no government and, in this instance, we have elections that were held in terms of the Constitution and the winner was declared by the Constitutional Court, and there is no room for the so-called transitional government. Transiting to where? We cannot have a transitional government in an independent sovereign authority. We held democratic elections and a winner was declared by the ConCourt.”