Political Actors Dialogue
Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) was a dialogue platform created by President Emmerson Mnangagwa following calls for the need for dialogue with the opposition to find solutions for the country's problems. The platform was launched on 17 May 2019 by Emmerson Mnangagwa.
17 leaders of political parties that contested in the July 2018 elections joined the dialogue but the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change refused to join referring to POLAD as not a true dialogue platform. The opposition argued that a sincere move would be a dialogue between Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC President Nelson Chamisa such as the dialogue that had taken place between the MDC-T, Zanu PF and MDC culminating in the Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009.
The MDC also insisted that Emmerson Mnangagwa had not won the July 2018 elections and had no mandate therefore to call for a lead a dialogue process.
In response Zanu PF insisted that the doors of POLAD were open and that the MDC needed to join as had done other political leaders
Political Leaders in POLAD
- Lovemore Madhuku - National Constitutional Assembly
- Thokozani Khupe - MDC-T
- Elton Mangoma - Coalition of Democrats
- The Zimbabwe Council of Churches argued that true dialogue had to be inclusive and that was not supposed to be at political level only.
No publicised outcome from the process has been publicised to date.
- Joseph Madzimure and Farirai Machivenyika, JUST IN: President launches POLAD, The Herald, Published: 17 May 2019, Retrieved: 25 Sep 2019