Chamisa in denial, still calling for dialogue


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Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa still maintains that President Emmerson Mnangagwa cannot turn around Zimbabwe’s economy and says if he had not been robbed of his victory there would be no shortages of bread or fuel in the country.

Mnangagwa told the nation yesterday that he had obtained $500 million to revive the economy, part of which will be rolled out this week, but Chamisa through his spokesman Nkulukeo Sibanda said Zimbabwe will need some oxygen in order for it to recover because an illegitimate President and government will not be able to provide the necessary confidence.

“If we had not been cheated in this election, today there would have been no shortages and rationing of fuel. There would be no shortages of bread and pricing would have stabilised with a downward trend,” Sibanda said.

“We were going to achieve this by following our smart policies that would have quickly allowed for all and the best brains to be working on the economy.

“Zimbabwe already knows that president Chamisa has a strong reputation for identifying talent and the best brains, from far and wide.

“A president Chamisa government would have stabilised the economy by engaging all political players to help give life to the idea of unity in building the economy.

“Putting everyone to work building our economy would have been the first job and first line for him.

“The president would like to encourage the illegitimate President Mnangagwa to realise that he stole the election. Because of that theft, he was then declared President. Because of this, he must stop being in a perpetual campaign mode, one cannot govern like a candidate. He must become Presidential. His poorly read speech sounded like a rumbling stump away from the houses of parliament.”

The Statement was supposed to be in response to Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address yesterday.

Opposition legislators walked out of the House when Mnangagwa started presenting his address.

Below is Sibanda’s full statement:

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