Speaking after receiving a report from the POLAD interlocutors during a meeting at his Kwekwe farm, Mnangagwa said he is not averse to funding his pet project. He said:
In May thereabout when we created Polad, we had no direct funding. But now this is a platform which government must support because it brings harmony, it brings peace, it brings development in the country.
Development, modernisation and industrialisation have a cost, so I am not averse to funding Polad because it brings a convergence of political and economic views for our country to move forward.
Various political commentators consider POLAD a talk shop of losers with no political or economic benefit.
Eighteen parties are taking part in POLAD even though they received less than 2% of total votes in the 2018 harmonised elections.