Dialogue: ED shuts out Chamisa…No dialogue outside Polad

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC president Nelson Chamisa are locked in a deadlock.

Mnangagwa over the weekend shot down hopes of another political dialogue, saying the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) was the only way forward, adding that if Chamisa wanted to participate in national development, he had to join other 2018 presidential candidates.

Mnangagwa said there was no need to have two platforms that discussed the same issue, hence the need for other parties that are yet to join the dialogue to do so.

”I discussed with comrade Mbeki that we can’t have two platforms discussing the same issues. There is only one platform and that platform is Polad. I am not moving from that position,” Mnangagwa said.

This was the first time Mnangagwa disclosed some of the details of the trip made by former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki to Zimbabwe last week.

Mnangagwa was addressing visitors and members of Polad at his Sherwood Farm in Kwekwe on December 22.

“Polad is a platform where we seek to be united as Zimbabweans and, the fact that we are concluding this year’s deliberations on Unity Day is significant. I think the creation of Polad in the history of our country is significant and should be eternalised in the history of our country,” he added.

Sources close to Mnangagwa said he had given up on Chamisa and now wanted to wait for the next election.

“Mnangagwa is disappointed because he wanted to give Chamisa leader of the opposition post in Parliament. That would have seen him participate in the august house in issues of national growth; and now the President has given up,” the source said.

This comes at a time Chamisa declared that he would not betray his constituency by joining Polad or forming a government of national unity with Mnangagwa.

“Zimbabwe is in a deep crisis. Only true and holistic reforms will bring about real change.Dialogue must be genuine. Will will take no part in Polad. Our views on the much desired dialogue remain unchanged. We seek true change for the people of Zimbabwe. We will never betray your trust,” Chamisa said Friday on his twitter account.


Chamisa has maintained that only dialogue between Zanu PF and his party would make Zimbabwe move forward, defining the current dialogue as a ‘choir’.

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