MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday reached out to President Emmerson Mnangagwa by calling for dialogue between his party and Zanu-PF.

He said the opposition party will try to rope in regional countries to facilitate the envisaged talks.

Chamisa’s overtures – made at the memorial service of the late MDC president and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at Humanikwa Village in Buhera, Manicaland, yesterday — come barely three days after he threatened to roll out protests.

“We do not want to remove Zanu-PF by force, but for our agenda to move forward (as a country), there has to be political dialogue. Dialogue between Zanu-PF and the MDC, dialogue between President Mnangagwa and us,” said Chamisa.

“After congress, I am going around Sadc lobbying for the regional bloc to come and assist us and work with us,” he said.

The MDC-Alliance has been snubbing the national political parties’ dialogue initiated by President Mnangagwa with 18 unknown small opposition parties that contested in last year’s general elections.

However, for the first time since the July 30 harmonised elections, Chamisa acknowledged Mnangagwa and thanked him for extending support towards the memorial service.

“Whenever something good has been done, we have to acknowledge.

“If you accept me as a leader you listen to me, allow me to thank the presence of members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) who are maintaining order here. . .

“I differ with Mnangagwa in a lot of things, but when good things have been done, we should acknowledge,” he said.

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