Chamisa wants international mediation in Zim crisis

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Chengetai Zvauya

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has made an appealed to the international community to intervene and play a mediation role in resolving the political and economic crisis bedeviling Zimbabwe.

Addressing  a press conference today  at his party  headquarters, Chamisa  said  his party was still keen to  engage in national dialogue with President Mnangagwa but wants to involve the international community and Sadc leaders to end what he terms the political crisis in the country.

“I have written more than five times to President Mnangagwa requesting fpr a meeting. I have also approached Sadc leaders for their intervention but I am yet to receive any reply from both Mnangagwa and Sadc,” Chamisa said.

“But we are not stopping there, we  are asking the international community  to  also intervene and create the necessary environment for dialogue. There is a humanitarian crisis in the  country because of the interference of the military,’’ said  Chamisa,

He also denied that his party was responsible for the violence that happened two weeks ago in the country shutdown which resulted in the destruction and looting of properties and death of 12 people.

Chamisa said the demonstration was organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).

“We did not organise the demonstration as it was called for by ZCTU and we do not need proxies or social media to organise the demonstration as we do it openly.  We shall organise our own demonstration,” he said.

Over 1 000 people were arrested in the aftermath of the three-day stayaway while the economic is estimated to have lost $300 million worth of output.