Khupe celebrates Ramaphosa envoy ‘snub

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The opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) has welcomed the decision by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoy to defer a planned meeting to a future date saying that the South African President and President Emmerson Mnangagwa would resolve the issues in Zimbabwe.

MDC-T Acting Secretary for Information and Publicity Khaliphani Phugeni revealed that South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Phakhama Mbete, had earlier requested Khupe to meet the envoy on Monday but later informed her that the meeting will be held at a later date. Phugeni said in a statement:

On Saturday 8 August 2020, Acting President Dr Khupe, received a call from His Excellency Ambassador of South Africa Hon. Phakama Mbete.

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In that call, the ambassador requested the availability of Dr Khupe and the Party (MDC-T) for a meeting with President Ramaphosa’s envoys on Monday 10 August 2020.

After meeting with His Excellency President E.D Mnangagwa, the South African ambassador H.E Mbete called Dr Khupe, to inform her that the meeting with President Ramaphosa’s envoys has been deferred to a future date.”

As MDC-T we welcome this development and remain positive that the two leaders in President Ramaphosa and President Mnangagwa will get to the bottom of the issues bedeviling our beautiful nation and Zimbabwe will once again experience peace, unity love and harmony.

The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance was also supposed to meet the envoy but was informed that the meeting will not be taking place when the envoy was already on its way back to South Africa. It is not yet clear why the envoy decided against meeting the opposition leaders.

Meanwhile Fadzai Mahere of MDC A expressed disappointment over the cancellation of her party leadership’s meeting with the envoys.

“We can only assume that the failure to meet the MDC Alliance delegation was as a result of demands made by the Zanu PF delegation,” said Mahere.

Meanwhile the exiled former Higher Education Minister, Prof. Jonathan Moyo warned the Zimbabwe opposition against behaving like diplomats at the expense of speaking the truth to power.

“The lesson from the failure of @CyrilRamaphosa‘s Special Envoys to meet the MDC-A & other stakeholders is that Zim opposition & civic society leaders must not behave like diplomats; but must always represent the people by speaking truth to power unapologetically!” said Prof. Moyo

–Pindula and Staff Reporter

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