MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora said Zimbabweans should praise him for meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House, claiming other opposition leaders mock him on social media platforms but are afraid of meeting him face to face.
Mwonzora has met Mnangagwa twice at State House since he was controversially elected leader of the MDC-T in December 2020.
He made the remarks on Saturday while addressing MDC-T supporters at Pelendaba Hall in Bulawayo. Said Mwonzora:
When I left the State House many accused me of being a sell-out, but I said no I didn’t.
But the problem is that you are scared of Mnangagwa, you only resort to insulting him on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp where he can’t see you.
But for myself, I went to see him face to face. I am never afraid, so I should be praised for that.
Mwonzora told his supporters that dialogue with ZANU PF was the only route towards solving the country’s chronic socio-economic crisis.
He also expressed regret over the party’s recent split, saying there was nothing that he could have done to prevent it. Said Mwonzora:
It’s never something that we wanted, we wanted a united party, but as the president what could I have done? So, I am sorry that this had to happen.
But what consoled me is that Bulawayo province wrote a letter saying they were not in agreement with what had happened.
They said they didn’t want a split, as did all other provinces.