Chamisa slams Mnangagwa over his land offer to Trump... says it's an attempt to 'buy legitimacy'

2018-09-28 06:12
Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (File, AFP)

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (File, AFP)

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Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa after he offered US President Donald Trump a piece of land in Victoria Falls to build a state of the art golf course.

According to AP, Mnangagwa said he was willing to offer land to Trump to build a golf course in a national park teeming with wildlife.

Mnangagwa said this while speaking to a New York investors' forum ahead of his first address to a United Nations annual gathering of world leaders this week.

Mnangagwa said he made the offer to Trump staffers earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, pitching land in the tourist town of Victoria Falls.

"I had offered President Trump ground to build a state-of-the-art golf course so that as he plays he can be able to see the big five," Zimbabwe's president said. The "big five" refers to big game: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard.

The land offer reportedly appeared to be part of Mnangagwa’s administration at normalising relations between the two countries.

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But Chamisa slammed the land offer, describing it as Mnangagwa's desperate attempt to buy "legitimacy" after winning a disputed election on July 30, said a New Zimbabwe.com report.

Chamisa remained adamant he was robbed of his victory during the just ended elections.

The report quoted a statement by the MDC's spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda, as saying that Chamisa was "concerned and shocked" over "illegitimate Mnangagwa's unsophisticated, amateurish PR inspired and on the fly policy approach is costing Zimbabwe’s economy at worst time imaginable".

Chamisa described the land offer as illegal and would require the US government to be more careful when formulating policy direction on Zimbabwe.

"Since the US is a law-abiding country, what the offer now means is that the US president will, as a result of Mr Mnangagwa’s ill-advised move, have to be extremely careful when making policy on Zimbabwe to prevent being construed as reacting positively because of a private business offer."

Zimbabweans also expressed their views on social media over the issue.

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