President Mnangagwa emphasized the importance of direct dialogue between opposition party leaders and the Head of State, discouraging the use of intermediaries and media platforms. While President Mnangagwa has maintained an open-door policy through the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) platform, some opposition leaders, such as Mr. Nelson Chamisa of the CCC, have chosen not to participate and instead expressed their willingness to engage in dialogue through inappropriate channels.
During an interview with Third Eye and Brick By Brick magazines, President Mnangagwa asserted that true leaders should approach each other directly rather than resorting to public statements. He specifically addressed Mr. Chamisa, stating that if he wished to have a conversation, he should approach the President directly, rather than through the press. President Mnangagwa emphasized that a competent leader knows the appropriate channels for initiating dialogue with their counterparts.
Regarding the national currency, President Mnangagwa reaffirmed the government’s commitment to using the Zimbabwe dollar. He explained that relying on foreign currencies had previously led to economic instability in the early 2000s. President Mnangagwa assured that measures would be implemented to enhance confidence in the local currency and strengthen its value. He attributed the devaluation of the Zimbabwean currency to the impact of sanctions and stressed the importance of having a stable national currency for economic development.
President Mnangagwa reiterated that the use of the Zimbabwe dollar as legal tender was irreversible, highlighting the country’s political and economic independence. He emphasized that while foreign currencies may fluctuate, the Zimbabwean currency would remain constant. President Mnangagwa declared that Zimbabwe had achieved full independence after the expiration of the Lancaster constitution in 1990, giving the nation control over its politics and resources.
In a separate context, Zanu-PF, along with other global political parties, expressed support for Russia’s efforts to diminish the dominance of the United States dollar. Speaking at the virtual meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Forum of Supporters Against Modern Practices of Neo-colonialism, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zanu-PF’s Secretary for External Relations, voiced the party’s solidarity with Russia in countering imperialism. Mumbengegwi highlighted the challenges posed by contemporary forms of imperialism and emphasized the need for international cooperation to shape a peaceful and prosperous global community.
Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the United Russia Party, echoed the sentiments, stressing the importance of countering modern colonial forces. Henrique Fontana of Brazil’s Labour Party emphasized the need for nations to unite against neo-colonialism and foster genuine productive engagement. Representatives from several countries, including Indonesia, Venezuela, South Africa, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nicaragua, also expressed their support for a balanced global power structure and affirmed their solidarity with Russia.
Source: The Herald