Harare – Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is angry at what appears to be a snub by envoys to the country by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The three envoys held talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare on Monday afternoon but flew back to South Africa without speaking to the opposition.
Why didn’t the envoys meet with the opposition? Did they run out of time, or did the government of Zimbabwe tell them not to, which is what the opposition says is likely?
The envoys made up of Baleka Mbete, Ngoako Ramatlhodi and Sydneyg Mofamadi flew out of Harare on Monday evening without meeting the MDC Alliance.
Spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said her party was asked to be available for a meeting, which took place on National Heroes’ day, a public holiday with speeches and a ceremony.
However, government spokesperson Nick Mangwana tweeted that it was normal for a special envoys to first meet the head of state for a brief meeting and then leave for home.
“Earlier today I was talking to some former diplomats about Special Envoys. We were recalling HE President sending Special Envoys in the region including when he sent Hon @KazembeKazembe3 to Conakry. All these Special Envoys met the Head of State briefed him/her and went back,” said Mangwana in his tweet.
This explanation did not satisfy Mnangagwa’s critics.