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Nkosana Moyo quits national dialogue

By Pretty Chavango

Dr Nkosana Moyo’s political party the Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) says it has pulled out of the national dialogue being initiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, describing the process as an insincere attempt to resolve Zimbabwe’s challenges.

In a statement announcing its withdrawal, APA said it was dismayed that the President bragged about deploying the military which shot and killed people during the shutdown and therefore will not associate themselves with violence.

“APA undertook to participate because we believed that after two rounds of state-sponsored violence in which dozens of Zimbabweans died and thousands more suffered grievous injuries in their homes, totally unnecessarily, it was time to help stop any potential further rounds of madness.

“…After the inaugural meeting of the supposed national dialogue, the President addressed a ‘thank you’ rally in Masvingo. We observed with dismay as he spoke in the most un-presidential manner. Amongst other things he bragged about deploying the army that as we know killed people. More worrisomely, he openly threatened that according to him, engaged in acts of disorderliness would have their life shortened, we as APA do not condone acts of violence and lawlessness,” read the statement.

The party added that its proposals within the dialogue for representation beyond political parties were rejected adding to their reasons for abandoning ship.

The disbanding comes at a time when the national dialogue has been facing critic for failing to include the voice of the biggest rival party which had the most opposition votes in the elections and rather focusing on a combined 4.6% of minority parties some of which failed to win a single seat in Parliament

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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