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Zimbabwe’s Nelson Chamisa: ‘No Plans for Coalition Deal With Mnangagwa’

Nelson Chamisa has ruled out any coalition deal with his ZANU-PF nemesis President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chamisa told South African broadcaster SABC on Tuesday night that his supporters had warned him to reject any overtures from Mnangagwa, lest he would sink his party.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa gestures during the launch of his party’s election manifesto in Harare, Zimbabwe, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

“We must be able to protect the vote, otherwise we will not be able to convince anyone to go to elections five years down the line. Our people have said ‘Mr. Chamisa, don’t work with these people’.

“They are saying don’t join hands with the Crocodile (Mnangagwa’s moniker), you will be drowned’ like what happened to president (Morgan) Tsvangirai when he worked with (former President) Robert Mugabe, he was diluted, we were diluted, we ended up losing focus and manipulated out of power,” Chamisa said.

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ZANU-PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana also said he was not aware of any discussions between Chamisa and Mnangagwa, but could not rule out the possibility of talks between the protagonists.

Chamisa also admits that he has not yet been approach by Mnangagwa or any other member of the ZANU-PF.

Last week, soon after Mnangagwa was declared winner of the July 30 polls by the Constitutional Court, he publicly admitted that Chamisa had a role to play in the development of the country after the opposition leader declared that the Zanu PF front-man had no capacity to steer the country out of the murky waters over the next five years.

Chamisa reiterated his position on Tuesday, saying: “Far from my fate being sealed. In any event it’s not about Chamisa, it’s about the people of Zimbabwe, they voted for a particular choice, but they were cheated. They were deceived, but that deception is not going to last forever. We have the authority. This country belongs to the people. That is why I told you that there is going to be a proper inauguration very soon. New Zimbabwe is coming, you will see it.”

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