By Daniel Chigundu
Labour Economists and Afrikan Democrats (LEAD) president Linda Masarira-Kaingidza says her political party will not join the on-going Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) arguing that it is not addressing the challenges faced in the country.
POLAD which is composed of Zanu PF and a few other political parties that contested in the Presidential election in 2018 is acting an answer to calls for political dialogue.
There is a general belief in the country that political dialogue has been the missing link in efforts to solve the country’s social, economic and political challenges.
However, POLAD has had challenges in trying to bring all the political parties to the table with some who had initially joined actually walking out of the process later on.
During his State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the official opening of the Second Session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa made another call for the remaining political parties to join POLAD.
In an interview, Masarira-Kaingidza said her political party (LEAD) will not join POLAD as it has a clear ideology which is well documented on the work that they need to do in Zimbabwe and that their vision is to ensure that they depolarise Zimbabwe, decolonise mindsets and create a new men who will be able to stand and hold government officials to account.
“We are clear on what we need to do in Zimbabwe and we feel that POLAD is not addressing the real pertinent issues that are happening in Zimbabwe vis-à-vis the corruption issues, sanctions issue and taking the nation forward.
“For us, we will be writing our own policies as LEAD we are actually in the process, we are about to finish our Mines and Mineral Policy, our Land and Agriculture Policy and our Environment Policy which also includes renewable energy and everything of that sort.
“So what I am basically saying is as LEAD we are going to be working on alternative policies that can work for Zimbabwe as we have seen a laxity and lack of political will within the ruling party,” she said
According to Masarira-Kaingidza the political parties that are meeting under the POLAD platform have not done anything to account for the existence of the platform adding that LEAD will continue crafting alternative interventions for the country.
“We do not want to dilute our efforts by joining POLAD which we have not seen what they seek to do so far, many months since the platform was created.
“If I am not wrong the POLAD platform has been there since February and they have got really nothing to show about what they have done for Zimbabwe what solutions they have implemented.
“So at the end of the day LEAD is going to continue running in its lane and seeking interventions where possible, we know the doors to knock when we need to put our ideas forth and we really don’t feel that it adds value to LEAD to be part of POLAD,” she said.
In a show of no-confidence in the POLAD process, United Democratic Movement (UDM) chucked out its president Violet Mariyacha for joining President Mnangagwa’s dialogue forum.