Let’s preach peace and harmony: President Mnangagwa

By ZBC Reporter
POLITICAL parties should preach harmony and peace so as to focus on growing the economy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
He said there is no benefit in quarreling, unity is key in the development and growth of the economy.
President Mnangagwa said this while addressing Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) members who attended Unity Day celebrations which were held at his farm in Kwekwe this Sunday.
The President urged POLAD to cherish unity and take a lot of lessons from the errors of the past.
“There is no use arguing on how the economy collapsed under Zanu PF, we can only learn from the past and pave a better Zimbabwe from learning from past mistakes on where we went wrong.
Collective voices should be heard more than isolated voices in the jungle. As POLAD, we expose those who have brought suffering, if it is my party that is causing violence, it should be called out or any other party in POLAD or in the wilderness, it should be called out,” said President Mnangagwa.
He also emphasised that Zimbabwe is a democratic country hence over 19 political parties that saw it fit to put heir political affiliations aside and engage in dialogue.
“Zimbabwe is very democratic and anyone can form his or her own party. POLAD is a platform where we seek to unite in Zimbabwe and our timing of the POLAD on a Unity Day is significant.
Even in the region, there has not been something of this nature where political parties come for a round table to discuss our various issues. We are now interrogating how well we have succeeded or failed in tackling our challenges and clusters of issues.
POLAD is now being discussed on international forays. In the UN they asked me about POLAD and I told them the purpose of POLAD. In terms of funding, it’s a platform which Government must support,” he said.
On a lighter note, the President thanked the POLAD members for choosing his farm for their last meeting.
Polad is made up of the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe, the National Constitutional Assembly led by Lovemore Madhuku and many other political parties.