and Blessings Mashaya
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“We, therefore, need someone who facilitates dialogue. But it cannot be passive facilitation. Facilitation and mediation are not mutually exclusive. They complement each other.“I suggest that South Africa, wearing the hat of the African Union chair and as a Sadc member, can do both under the auspices of the regional framework — because if it acts bilaterally it might not have sufficient influence,” he said further.
“There is a need for us to work together and find each other as Zimbabweans. We can find each other if we accept the challenges that we are facing as a country.“We must remove the sense of entitlement. There is a need for truth telling, justice and forgiveness. The Church welcomes any mediation … but the crux of the matter is that such mediation should meet the standards of a true and genuine mediation.“Any mediation that meets one side or one party to the crisis runs the risk of losing credibility,” Magaya told the Daily News.
“Such support should not be imposed, but should come to complement local efforts,” Makwara said.
“We have become very much inter-connected as countries, hence it is in the interest of the whole community around Zimbabwe to see it back on the prosperity track,” he added.
“Given the current acute level of polarisation, dialogue can only happen with international assistance and scaffolding.“South Africa, as a sister country in Sadc, but also the current chair of the African Union, does have a reason and mandate to help us find common ground.“SA’s efforts can only be successful if it can galvanise the Sadc region and indeed the AU to recognise the crisis in Zimbabwe and collectively press for a comprehensive national settlement,” Bomba said.
“Zimbabweans must stop thinking that there is a messiah who is going to come from across the Limpopo or across the seas or from Mars to conquer the country’s problems.“There is no messiah who is going to come from anywhere. It is only us who can solve our problems through national structures that have been put in place to facilitate such activities.“South Africa is reacting as a friend and neighbour and not as the chair of the African Union (AU). In terms of diplomacy, there is what we call the principle of subsidiarity,” Charamba told the Daily News.