Plans for former President Robert Mugabe to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa have once again been delayed, with concerns the former leader stands to lose out should there be no dialogue between the two.
This comes as a church coalition under the banner of the Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches Council are understood to be backing efforts to bring Mugabe and Mnangagwa together, to map a way out of the current impasse.
However, Mugabe is currently on medical treatment in Singapore with his former spokesman George Charamba warning, ” He (Mugabe) is the one with issues to raise with his successor, which means the delayed contact is to his detriment.”
Of concern to Charamba in the local Daily News is the ‘meddlesome’ G-40 which is backed by Mugabe under a new political outfit the National Patriotic Front.
Church sources close to the initiative told the Daily News; “All Zimbabweans are concerned by the tension between our former leader and the country’s new president, and as an important constituency in our nation we are saying that we need to do something quickly to end his unnecessary tension.”
Last month Mugabe told journalists in his first press conference since stepping down that Mnangagwa’s ascent to power was an “illegality”. He said he was willing to discuss with Mnangagwa how to “undo this disgrace” but insisted he would need to “be properly invited for that discussion”.
“Currently I’m isolated,” Mugabe said at the time.