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