A member of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) has criticised the government after it gave short shrift to the platform’s proposals regarding steps to be followed before gazetting the Constitutional Amendment Bill.
Lovemore Madhuku of the National Constitutional Alliance (NCA) said President Emmerson Mnangagwa had agreed to have the proposed constitutional changes debated by POLAD before being gazetted and taken to Parliament, but this did not happen. Said Madhuku:
Obviously we are not happy that our first resolution as Polad was not respected. We are dealing with Zanu PF, which is in the old mode and we expected that.
You must know that Zanu PF is not used to the culture of getting advice. But we are not pulling out of Polad because it’s the only platform that we have, because we don’t have representatives in Parliament.
Cabinet has already gazetted the controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill, with Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi reminding POLAD members that the negotiating platform is not an arm of the government, therefore, did not deserve to be consulted.
POLAD was launched on 17 May 2019 by Mnangagwa and is made up of about 19 opposition politicians who participated in the July 2018 presidential election.