ED scoffs at SA, ANC intervention

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President Mnangagwa says no external players will be allowed to mediate in Zimbabwe’s social, political and economic challenges putting a plug on efforts to bring together political parties to dialogue on the worsening situation in the country.

This follows demands by opposition parties and other human rights groups for South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene and bring Mnangwagwa and main opposition MDC-A leader Nelson Chamisa to the negotiation table and discuss the crisis.

Addressing the Zanu-PF central committee meeting at the party headquarters in Harare on Friday, Mnangagwa said those calling ANC or the South African government to come and help Zimbabwe were dreaming.

“I applaud the people of Zimbabwe and the leadership of the party for standing resolute in the face of increased pressure by the regime change agents to make the country ungovernable.

“They have been saying there is a crisis in Zimbabwe, the crisis exists in their mind, it exists in their parties, and the crisis exists in their bedrooms not in Zimbabwe. There will be no external mediation in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Mnangwagwa said those who want to put a wedge between Zanu-PF and ANC are wasting time.

“The solidarity that exists between our party Zanu-PF and sister revolutionary parties such as the ANC of South Africa, can never be shaken by social media. We have elements peddling falsehoods that there is misunderstanding between us and ANC, there is nothing like that,” Mnangagwa said.

The ANC two weeks ago sent a delegation led by Ace Magashule to engage Zanu-PF amid reports of growing human rights violations.

Mnangagwa said it was time to focus on development and not protesting and human rights activism.

The ANC delegation indicated that it would return to Zimbabwe and engage the opposition, churches and human rights organisations to solve the crisis.

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