MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe said that the so-called State House dialogue is not elite accommodation but a form of inclusive dialogue.
Khupe also castigated what she called “the efforts of the prophets of doom”.
She made the remarks during the launch of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) on Friday at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). Said Khupe:
This dialogue is not top-up in approach but a bottom-up approach. It’s not about President Mnangagwa or Khupe of Professor Madhuku but about Zimbabweans.
We may belong to different political parties but we have the same aspirations. Differing is healthy but let it not make us fight.
I thank the parties for putting their heads on the block despite the efforts of prophets of doom.
His Excellency the President said all the political parties had their visions and he said he had this desire for us to share these visions and I would like to say thank you, your Excellency.
I want to thank you for believing that Zimbabwe is bigger than an individual or political party. This is just the beginning of a long journey; it’s not an event but a process.
Analysts, however, consider the dialogue to be meaningless as long as it does not involve the country’s main opposition party, MDC. The MDC has snubbed the process, calling for an external mediator.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete said that for the dialogue process to be credible, there is a need to bring in an external mediator.
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