POLAD (Political Actors Dialogue)

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POLAD Launch on 17 May 2019

Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) is 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.[1]

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 MDC 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

Criticism

POLAD mostly consisted of political parties that had no representation in parliament. Of the 17 political leaders in POLAD, only MDC-Khupe had a single seat in parliament.

Opposition leaders in POLAD were accused of joining the platform for their own monetary benefits.

Constitutional Changes

In January 2019, POLAD members complained that their proposals regarding constitutional changes by Zanu-PF had been ignored after government went ahead and gazetted a controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill without their input.

Madhuku and Gutu said that they were unhappy of being left out. Said Madhuku: “It was agreed that a Bill would then be brought to Parliament with amendments also from other political parties and instead of focusing on the Zanu PF needs, we will have an omnibus Bill, but that was not followed. But they went ahead and gazetted the Bill.”[2]

In response prominent political commentator and journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono expressed shock at Madhuku's complaints:

Good morning @ProfMadhuku. I am shocked that you of all people is surprised that Mnangagwa is not taking POLAD’s contributions on board. POLAD is a mere accessory to ED’s dictatorship. You are smart enough to know that. POLAD is political opportunism Prof! [3]

Outcome

No solid outcome from the process has been publicised to date.

July 2018 Presidential Elections results

Candidate Party Votes %
Emmerson Mnangagwa ZANU–PF 2,456,010 50.67
Nelson Chamisa Movement for Democratic Change Alliance 2,151,927 44.39
Thokozani Khupe MDC–Tsvangirai (Khupe) 45,626 0.94
Joseph Makamba Busha FreeZim Congress 17,540 0.36
Nkosana Moyo Alliance for People's Agenda 15,172 0.31
Evaristo Chikanga Rebuilding Zimbabwe Party 13,132 0.27
Joice Mujuru People's Rainbow Coalition 12,823 0.26
Hlabangana Kwanele Republican Party 9,460 0.20
Blessing Kasiyamhuru Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity 7,016 0.14
William Mugadza Bethel Christian Party 5,898 0.12
Peter Wilson Democratic Opposition Party 4,895 0.10
Peter Munyanduri New Patriotic Front 4,498 0.09
Divine Mhambi National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans 4,405 0.09
Ambrose Mutinhiri National Patriotic Front 4,107 0.08
Daniel Shumba United Democratic Alliance 3,905 0.08
Peter Gava United Democratic Front 2,858 0.06
Brian Mteki Independent 2,732 0.06
Lovemore Madhuku National Constitutional Assembly 2,692 0.06
Noah Ngoni Manyika Build Zimbabwe Alliance 2,681 0.06
Elton Mangoma Coalition of Democrats 2,431 0.05
Melbah Dzapasi #1980 Freedom Movement Zimbabwe 1,890 0.04
Violet Mariyacha United Democracy Movement 1,673 0.04
Timothy Chiguvare People's Progressive Party 1,546 0.03
Invalid/blank votes 72,316
Total 4,847,233 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: The Commonwealth

Results by province

  • Only candidates with more than 10,000 votes are listed.[4]
Province Mnangagwa Chamisa Khupe Busha Moyo Chikanga Mujuru Valid votes
Manicaland 292,938 296,429 4,793 2,759 2,508 1,834 1,281 611,414
Mashonaland Central 359,576 96,063 1,541 1,452 879 858 2,547 467,740
Mashonaland West 314,541 220,111 3,060 2,248 1,506 1,456 1,158 551,453
Mashonaland East 334,617 189,021 2,298 1,681 1,166 950 972 535,458
Masvingo 318,964 171,438 3,012 2,510 1,707 2,367 979 509,523
Matabeleland South 107,008 90,292 4,700 1,216 1,060 1,335 808 212,517
Matabeleland North 111,452 137,611 12,776 1,401 1,419 1,342 1,170 274,163
Midlands 352,027 257,960 4,672 2,768 2,000 1,795 1,169 631,261
Bulawayo 60,168 144,107 5,753 497 1,350 364 1,050 215,405
Harare 204,719 548,895 3,021 1,008 1,577 831 1,689 765,983
Total 2,456,010 2,151,927 45,626 17,540 15,172 13,132 12,823 4,774,917


References

  1. Joseph Madzimure and Farirai Machivenyika, JUST IN: President launches POLAD, The Herald, Published: 17 May 2019, Retrieved: 25 Sep 2019
  2. ED outfoxes Polad allies, NewsDay, Published: 8 Jan 2020, Accessed: 14 Jan 2020
  3. Dear Madhuku, Twitter, Published: 13 Jan 2020, Accessed: 14 Jan 2020
  4. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission