Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, can be the mutually acceptable facilitator for the Zimbabwean dialogue between him and President Emerson Mnangagwa.

Moses Matenga

Chamisa has set conditions for dialogue that he says was the only solution to end the crisis in the country.

However, Mnangagwa has accused Chamisa of stalling the talks after the youthful leader refused to be part of discussions between the country’s political parties that has been called by the Zanu PF leader.

Speaking in an interview with the SABC News, Chamisa said dialogue was the only solution and Ramaphosa must lead the process.

“The solution to the problems affecting this great country is dialogue,” Chamisa said.

“It takes two to tango. We are ready for dialogue as of yesterday. We are to see sincerity on the part of other players. We want to see a credible and mutually acceptable facilitator and we said President Ramaphosa is in a good position to be a facilitator and if he is not available, he can help to find one,” Chamisa said.

If Ramaphosa is to facilitate the dialogue, it will not be the first time for a sitting South African leader to bring rival Zimbabwean politicians on the table.

In 2007, then South African President Thabo Mbeki was appointed by SADC to facilitate dialogue between former President Robert Mugabe and his long-time rival, the late Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mbeki was later to be replaced by former South African President Kgalema Monthlante.