BLESSED MHLANGA/ CHENGETO CHIDI
SOUTH Africa will not be allowed into Zimbabwe to mediate between warring Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was not open for any external mediation over the political crisis engulfing the country.
After weeks of South Africa insisting that Zimbabwe was burning and facing a serious crisis, which needed external mediation, a ray of hope within the opposition and Zimbabwe, that a solution would be found with the help of the neighbors had been kindled, but Mnangagwa said nothing of that sort was ever going to happen.
“I applaud the people of Zimbabwe and the leadership of the party for remaining resolute in defiance of the opposition’s regime change agenda and worrying levels of self-hate through a sustained call to make our country Zimbabwe ungovernable, saying there was a crisis in Zimbabwe, the crisis exists in their minds, it exists in their parties, the crisis exists in their bedrooms but not in Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said.
Mnangagwa said no external intervention was welcome in Zimbabwe, effectively putting a stop to statements by the ANC that it would be back in Zimbabwe to talk to opposition political parties and other stakeholders.
“We have challenges, like any other country in the region has challenges and we are resolved to face these challenges, we will not seek outside mediation to deal with challenges which they themselves have,” Mnangagwa said.
Speaking on his relation with ANC and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mnangagwa said there was an attempt through the use of social media to strain it.
” Furthermore, the solidarity existing between our party ZANU-PF and our sister revolutionary parties like the ANC of South African can never be shaken by social media.
We have elements peddling falsehoods that, that there is misunderstanding between ANC and Zanu PF, there is nothing like that.
I can assure you almost on a weekly basis, currently almost on every other day, I discuss with my brother Ramaphosa, I discus with my brother Masisi, before we sleep, we chat, and laugh and laugh at these social media insinuations so they are wasting their time,” Mnangagwa said.
Turning to the land reform program, Mnangagwa sought to placate the Central Committee jittery over the past weeks after government announced some farms covered by international treaties would be returned to former owners.
Mnangagwa said land reform was irreversible as it was the main reason why Zimbabwe waged a protracted liberation struggle.
“”Let me reiterate that the Land Reform is irreversible, this is one of the key grievances of the liberation struggle and the party will never waiver on its sacred obligation to protect the land, the struggle was for acquiring our land, we acquired it, it will always be in our hands, ZANU-PF is a revolutionary party, “he said.