OPPOSITION Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general Welshman Ncube and his party delegation this week widened their diplomatic offensive to
include East Africa.
Ncube met Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, the sitting Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) chair, in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday to brief him on the situation in Zimbabwe.
“We met President Mkapa and discussed the situation in Zimbabwe. It was a good meeting in which we exchanged views in a friendly atmosphere,” Ncube said.
“Our objective is to brief regional leaders on what is happening in Zimbabwe from our own perspective. We were not there (Tanzania) to quarrel with the Sadc position or to counter Zanu PF views but to give our own account of the situation.”
Ncube said Mkapa emphasised there was no way out of the crisis except through negotiations between the MDC and Zanu PF.
“President Mkapa even referred to the Tanzanian situation after the election in 2000 and how they resolved their crisis through dialogue,” he said.
The MDC delegation last week met Malawian president Bakili Muluzi and South Africa’s ruling African National Congress secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe, who last year was involved in efforts to broker talks between the ruling party and the opposition.
Another MDC team led by deputy-secretary-general Gift Chimanikire was in Kenya to meet that country’s leadership.
Ncube said the MDC wanted to brief all Sadc leaders on the situation in Zimbabwe.