Seventeen Zimbabwean Political Parties that participated in the much-contested 2018 elections, yesterday launched the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) in the absence of the main opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa.
The Chamisa led Movement for Democratic Change rubbished the dialogue describing it as a waste of time.
“We cannot have a situation where Mnangagwa talks to himself among his own cheer-leaders and then says he is having a dialogue. He has no conflict with those small parties or motley crew of individuals that he has with him, why is he allowing himself to pretend to have a national dialogue when clearly the person who represents over 50% of the nation is not there at the dialogue,” said party spokesperson Jacob Mafume
However, parties that signed the Dialogue code of conduct are hopeful that the initiative leaves a legacy on the country’s political scene and will help shape the future of the country.
“This platform we are launching here today is designed to be a vibrant forum through which we proffer solutions to the challenges that confront us as a nation through peaceful, open and transparent discourse,” said President Emmerson Mnanagwa adding that the culture of dialogue we must be synonymous with Zimbabwe as a nation and as a people.
He added that dialogue must improve democratic practices in the country.
“This journey we are embarking on must ultimately lead us towards improving our democratic practices and culture. It must also lead us to a stage where we can compete and cooperate, always informed and guided by our national interests.”
Watch Full video of POLAD Launch below
In an article that featured on the Big Saturday Read, Alex Magaisa, said the Mnangagwa led regime is undermining the democratic institution of Parliament and sidelining the official opposition.
“There might, of course, be more than one opposition party but the party with the largest number of elected representatives apart from the ruling party is usually regarded as the official opposition. Parliament acknowledges this binary relationship with a sitting arrangement that puts the ruling party and opposition representatives on either side of the benches. Indeed, there is recognition of the official leader of the opposition in Parliament,” reads part of the article.
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