By Staff Reporter
ZANU PF has re-affirmed its support for the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) platform, dismissing as outright nuisance calls by MDC-A leader, Nelson Chamisa, for an exclusive dialogue with President and the Party’s First Secretary, Cde E.D Mnangagwa.
POLAD a platform that brings together progressive political players was created by President Mnangagwa soon after romping to victory during the 2018 harmonised elections. The platform signifies President Mnangagwa’s statesmanship as a “Listening President.”
In a hard hitting statement ZANU PF Acting Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, said the ruling Party had no time for sore losers.
“The Party therefore has no time to entertain calls for exclusive dialogue processes that are being demanded by some losing political players who think dialogue is meant to resurrect their waning political fortunes. We dismiss the demand by Mr Chamisa and his political grouping in which he is insisting on a one on one dialogue with President E.D Mnangagwa exclusive of other players.
“We take this opportunity to remind him that at the inception of this ongoing dialogue President ED Mnangagwa has been on record saying that any political players willing to join the dialogue process are welcome to do so at any given time of their choice because dialogue is a continuous process,” said Cde Chinamasa.
Cde Chinamasa warned Chamisa not to view President Mnangagwa’s embracement of dialogue as a sign of weakness. “We continuously encourage all political players to take this dialogue seriously as convergence platform to share ideas on how to take the country forward.
“We further state that the President’s calls for dialogue is not an act of cowardice nor a sign of weakness as some have been tempted to think. Rather it is a gesture of statesmanship, inclusivity and maturity and the hall-marks of a Listening President. The POLAD dialogue platform which is in motion is inclusive of all political players and must be supported by sober thinking Zimbabweans,” he said.
Cde Chinamasa reminded the MDC-A leader that POLAD had “been endorsed by progressive political players locally and internationally,” and that “the duty to create the Zimbabwe we want lies with every Zimbabwean, notwithstanding the colour of their skin, tribe and political persuasion.”
He also warned the western sponsored MDC-A against inciting violence.
“However we advise that issuing empty threats of violence or setting unbridled conditionalities to an ongoing inclusive dialogue framework will not be tolerated. The Party reaffirms its support for the POLAD process and calls upon Chamisa and like-minded political leaders to join the POLAD frame work,” Cde Chinamasa said.