Graca Machel and The Elders push for dialogue in Zimbabwe

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Graça Machel and Mary Robinson, deputy chair of The Elders, meet Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare in September 2019 Image: TheEldersorg

The Elders – an independent group of world leaders – have flown into Zimbabwe to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, civic society and women’s groups to push for a “truly inclusive national dialogue”.

Despite their visit being overshadowed by the death of former head of state Robert Mugabe, 95, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, who chairs The Elders, and her deputy, former first lady of SA Graça Machel, met the two rival leaders separately.

The visit was a follow-up to one in July 2018, a few weeks before Zimbabwe went to the polls.After meeting The Elders on Saturday, MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa told journalists that for Zimbabwe to forge ahead there was need for political and economic reforms.

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