President Mnangagwa To Launch POLAD On Friday

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to officially launch the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) on Friday.

POLAD will be launched at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The objective of POLAD is to bring together various political players to dialogue, chiefly those that participated and lost during the July 2018 poll together with the ruling ZANU PF party.

Hitherto, the largest opposition political party in the country, the Chamisa-led MDC has shunned the process.

The Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T’s vice president, Obert Gutu said:

Our main reason and purpose for participating in the ongoing Political Actors Dialogue are to make a positive and patriotic contribution towards the governance of our country.

Although we are not in Government, we believe that as a patriotic, progressive Pan-Africanist and people-centred political party, we should be afforded the opportunity and a forum to put across our views and suggestions regarding how the country should be governed.

Our expectations are to have a mature, mutually respectful, patriotic and progressive national discourse where all pertinent issues are robustly discussed and debated without fear and/or favour.

Another political actor in the State House Dialogue, Elton Mangoma, who contested under the banner of the Coalition of Democrats had this to say:

The first thing is that as Zimbabweans we should always have is a culture of dialogue. People should be prepared to sit down and talk about all issues and when we have disagreements we should always find each other through dialogue.

I also expect that going forward there would be a lot more tolerance to reduce the heavy hand that has been used to deal with demonstrations and also a reduction in violence. We should also be able to talk about anything without any sacred cows.

More: The Herald

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