Blessing Kasiyamhuru, Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP) president has distanced his party from the current political dialogue being spearheaded by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Kasiyamhuru feels that the dialogue is not honestly addressing the major issues. He said:
The parties to the national dialogue should clearly and honestly admit to a crisis or conflict in the system of governance of the State thus unanimously agreeing to go for the national dialogue as a crisis or conflict resolution move.
The dialogue should bring on board all conflict-fuelling issues and respective remedies, reforms or solutions that are unanimously agreed upon to address the crisis/conflict.
He also highlighted the importance of having a credible convenor who is agreed upon by all stakeholders to the dialogue. He said:
The convener should be a single person, group of people, an organisation or coalition of organisations. No matter how the national dialogue is modelled, the convener should be respected by the majority of the citizens and should not have any political aspirations or goals that would present an obvious conflict of interest for fear that the dialogue will bring more conflict than sanity to the status quo.
An effective national dialogue should involve representation of all stakeholders in the deliberations so that real drivers of the conflict are well addressed.
Kasiyamhuru also said that it was fundamental to have public consultations so as to have input and endorsement from the general populace.
The main opposition has also snubbed the dialogue.
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