Zimbabwe: Mujuru Says Has Nothing to Say On Military Takeover

16 November 2017

People's Rainbow Coalition (PRC) leader Joice Mujuru said she believes that present political developments require collective engagement and national dialogue involving all critical stakeholders in the country.

She, however, said she was not aware of any on-going all stakeholders' talks towards a transitional arrangement which many have been referring to through the social media.

Also, she said she was not going to directly comment on the military takeover of the government led by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga.

The military staged a bloodless coup on Tuesday and issued a statement claiming that they wanted to restore the country to normalcy by pursuing "criminals" that have brought suffering to many Zimbabweans.

This led many into widespread speculation that the coup would end in a transitional government which Mujuru was touted as part of.

"Beyond political actors the dialogue should also include faith-based organisations, workers movements, civil society and students' movement," said Mujuru addressing a media briefing in Harare Thursday.

"For the success of such national collective engagement and dialogue there is no doubt that we are in need of a Transitional Arrangement that should attend to key issues of economic recovery and electoral reform processes.

"National healing can only be a product of free, fair and credible elections which are to be held within a reasonable time post an agreed transitional arrangement period."

She added, "The observation of the rule of law must be the cornerstone of our conduct as we seek to revive our constitutional democracy."

"Let's respect private property and individual rights; we are at a time where peace is only realized through maximum restraint and constructive interaction of ideas as Zimbabweans."

Mujuru said credible national elections are the bedrock of every celebrated constitutional democracy.

The PRC leader said the next government should be built and based on legitimacy and popular support.

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