Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa met Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo at an event organised by the British embassy in Harare on Saturday, 8 June 2019.
SB Moyo is a retired army general who is widely known for announcing the military coup of former President Robert Mugabe on 15 November 2017.
There have been calls for dialogue since President Emmerson Mnangagwa was announced as the winner of Zimbabwe’s 2018 election amidst widespread rigging claims by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa.
Faced with persistent fuel shortages, high inflation, lack of investor confidence and Mnangagwa’s maverick finance minister seemingly out of his depth on how to fix Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economy the president is under pressure.
In an effort to gain legitimacy Mnangagwa initiated political dialogue with 18 presidential candidates who won less than 5% of the votes in the July 30 election leaving out Chamisa who came second with over 2.1 million votes (44.3%).
The move by the British who played a key role in sanitising the November coup to invite Chamisa and SB Moyo is seen by many as an attempt to nudge Zimbabwe’s two main political rivals Mnangagwa and Chamisa to the negotiation table.
SB Moyo announcing the coup that deposed Mugabe on 15 November 2017.