Parties dismiss secret talks claims

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter—
REPORTS that Zanu-PF and the MDC formations are engaged in secret talks to create another inclusive Government have turned out to be a big lie after all the political parties mentioned yesterday dismissed the suggestion as fiction. NewsDay claimed on Saturday that Zanu-PF was conducting secret talks with the MDC-T of Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said the revolutionary party’s ideology differed from that of the opposition and that there was no way they could work together again. “I want to emphatically state that there are no secret talks occurring anywhere between Zanu-PF and the MDC formations,” he said.

“The absurdity of the fabrications is that they claim that the so-called talks have already been held in Ghana, Kenya, with the next ones being in Victoria Falls. These must be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said Zanu-PF was in total control and derived its mandate from the 2013 harmonised elections when people overwhelmingly voted for the revolutionary party.

“In any case, what would those talks be meant to achieve and from whose mandate? Zanu-PF is a revolutionary party that is in total control of the governance of this country with a massive majority in Parliament following the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections.

“Our focus is on the economic emancipation of our people, hence the accelerated implementation of our economic blueprint, Zim-Asset,” he said. Cde Khaya Moyo said it was disturbing that the privately-owned media were fond of cooking up negative stories about Zanu-PF with the sole purpose of soiling its name.

He said a majority of the stories targeted President Mugabe, the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and other senior party and Government officials. “If the private media has decided to go into confrontation with Zanu-PF and its leadership, then they will regret the consequences. We are a peaceful party who are guided by our motto, that is ‘unity, peace and development’. We seek no more, we seek no less.

“Constructive criticism is permissible because the Constitution provides for freedom of expression and association. “However, it does not provide for anarchy and chaotic false reports. We see alarming headlines that have become daily bread with the contents lacking any form of veracity,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu also dismissed the NewsDay report. “People should not confuse parliamentary debates, workshops and conferences with formal talks between the two political parties. The MDC-T will never betray its supporters by engaging in any clandestine and Nicodemus talks with the Zanu-PF regime aimed at forming a so-called GNU2,” he said. “We are in the trenches fighting for genuine democratic change in Zimbabwe. This talk about talks is a fictional story that will make a very good soap opera storyline.”

MDC spokesperson Mr Kurauone Chihwayi said his party was not in talks with either Zanu-PF or the MDC-T. “Our secretary general Cde Moses Mzila-Ndlovu and his deputy Miriam Mushayi represent the party on the secretaries-general platform which is a forum for secretaries-general of political parties that have members of Parliament in their respective countries.”