Brand new MDC T leader Douglas Mwonzora is not joining POLAD, as he continues to fight insinuations that he is a sellout and tries to shake off the Zanu PF sidekick tag. Mwonzora’s Spokesperson Lloyd Damba sat down with Newsday and first addressed reports that his boss Douglas Mwonzora is a Zanu PF project and said:
He is not the first person to be accused of being an agent or a puppet of Zanu PF. Right now, if you go to the Chitungwiza Tennis Court in Unit D, there is graffiti that is more than 13 years old. The graffiti alleges that Job Sikhala (MDC Alliance vice-chairperson) is a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative and Welshman Ncube (MDC Alliance vice-president) is also CIO and a Zanu PF project…
…Thirdly, a Zanu PF apologist can be defined as a person who accommodates Zanu PF members. Look who is surrounding Chamisa. There is Jim Kunaka, Jeppy Jaboon, Shadreck Mashayamombe, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Jonathan Moyo — all former Zanu PF functionaries. Look at the people who are surrounding Mwonzora, we have Tapiwa Mashakada, Paurina Mpariwa, Collin Gwiyo, Giles Mutsekwa, Gift Chimanikire, Elias Mudzuri, James Makore and many MDC founding members. Now judge for yourself.
Damba also emphasized Mwonzora will not join POLAD because according to them, they want another platform that includes more players and not parties that contested in the 2018 elections only:
Mwonzora has been emphasising about a national dialogue a dialogue that is meaningful, inclusive and unconditional.
So if you look at the Polad constitutive document or its code of conduct, it is exclusive to individuals who participated in the 2018 harmonised elections and thus excludes labour, church, business, traditional leaders and other civic society groups.
We, therefore, call for another forum that is inclusive of all the above-mentioned players, with a clear objective of what must be achieved and timeframes and set targets.
Mwonzora last month snubbed a POLAD meeting and said he wanted an inclusive dialogue not POLAD only.