February 23, 2019

Nelson Chamisa turns down State House invitation

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MDC president Nelson Chamisa has indicated that he will not attend the State House pre-dialogue meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The meeting, called by the Office of the President and Cabinet, is for presidential candidates in the 2018 harmonized elections.

“Advocate Chamisa demands that soldiers go back to the barracks before he can sit down for talks. He further demands that those candidates without meaningful votes from the 2018 elections be excluded from the dialogue process,” MDC Alliance spokesperson Jacob Mafume has said.

“Furthermore, Advocate Chamisa would want all prisoners rover the fuel price hike protests be released. If those conditions are not met, the dialogue can proceed without our input,” Mafume added.

A statement inviting the heads of political parties to the dialogue read:

The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa is inviting leaders of political parties who participated in the Presidential election of 30 July 2018 to a meeting to discuss a framework for dialogue and interaction.

Each Presidential candidate is expected to bring three delegates and for those candidates with parliamentary representation, one extra delegate can be from Parliament.

The meeting will be facilitated by the Office of the President and Cabinet, and will be held on 7 February 2019 at 1000 hours in the New Munhumutapa 2nd floor Boardroom. Delegates are expected to be seated by 0930 hours.

Please ensure that delegates have identification documents for ease of entry. — Source: ZOOMZimbabwe


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