Political Actors Dialogue platform a huge success – leaders

By Midlands Bureau Chief

LEADERS under the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) platform say the initiative spearheaded by President Emerson Mnangagwa has achieved a lot in providing a chance for leaders in the country to assist the government with ideas on how the country can move forward.

POLAD members presented a monitoring and evaluation document to President Emerson Mnangagwa in Sherwood, Kwekwe this Sunday.

The document which was prepared by all political players under POLAD at a local hotel Saturday evening outlines the political grouping success and challenges with a view to see how they can move forward.

MDC-T secretary-general Nickson Nyikadzino who read the resolutions on behalf of POLAD at the group’s end of year consultative indaba which coincided with unity day celebrations says the political players’ group has managed to break new grounds.

“Your excellency, the idea for us to come together and deliberate on our nation is a huge success as it gives us an opportunity to accommodate each other despite our political,” he said.

“This shared approach saw us visiting cyclone Idai victims to assess the destruction that happened to our people and make an appeal for their help as one.

“We have also come up with a shared understanding of how to address the challenges affecting our country.

“I am happy to say that, as POLAD, we have managed to speak on the need to fight sanctions and SADC and the rest of the region have since taken a stance on the need to remove these sanctions.

“On a technical level, we have managed to provide a roadmap on how dialogue should proceed in the country.”

People’s Rainbow Coalition leader Lucia Matibenga said POLAD provides a platform for political players to dialogue on an equal footing.

“There is power in unity. Everyone has a role to play in the development of our country,” she said.

“It’s unfortunate we still have some amongst us who have a big brother mentality who think there are more equal than others and therefore want preferential treatment.

“Most importantly, through POLAD, we are demonstrating to investors that we are pulling in one direction,” said Matibenga.

The POLAD end of year consultative indaba which was attended by key political players resolved to set up an information and publicity committee to steer publicity and spruce up the image of the grouping.