Mwonzora Snubs ED’s POLAD Meeting

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Douglas Mwonzora on Friday reportedly snubbed President Mnangagwa POLAD meeting that was held on Friday because he feels the dialogue must happen between his party and Zanu PF and other stakeholders outside POLAD, The Standard reports.

In an interview with the publication, Mwonzora’s spokesperson Witness Dube said Mwonzora did not attend what would have been his inaugural meeting because they want a broad-based dialogue with the President and other stakeholders:

The MDC T president did not and will not attend Polad in its current form. We are canvassing for a broad-based dialogue which will include other stakeholders like churches, traditional leaders, labour bodies, student bodies, other political parties that did not have presidential candidates, captains of industry
and all manner of Zimbabwean leadership in their diversity.

Dube however said they were not pulling out of POLAD just yet:

We have not pulled out of Polad. Our understanding is that Thokozani Khupe went into the platform as a presidential candidate.

MDC-T as a party is now going to sit and give a policy direction on its participation in Polad. Political, economic and structural conditions have drastically changed since the formation of Polad.

So we now need a more enriched approach to national questions, which includes other stakeholders outside 2018 presidential candidates and their immediate parties.

Meanwhile, today the MDC T held a memorial for Morgan Tsvangirai who died on this day 3 years ago.

Source: The Standard

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