THE MDC – A will not be taking part in the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), according to the party’s leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa’s recent post on micro-blogging site, Twitter poured cold water on earlier reports from various media outlets, that had reportedly flighted the news that the country’s largest opposition party was now giving in to the President Emmerson Mnangagwa initiated dialogue (POLAD) with the losing candidates in the nation’s recent presidential election.
The youthful Chamisa has been on record saying that his party (MDC-A) will only take part in dialogue with the ruling party on grounds that a neutral mediator is available, possibly from beyond the country’s borders.
Writing on his Twitter handle Chamisa said,” “Zimbabwe is in a deep crisis. Only true and holistic reform will bring about real change. Dialogue must be genuine. 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!”
The recent visit by former South African President Thabo Mbeki is likely to see President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his political rival come to the table for ‘talks’, as the country’s economy continues its free fall.
Talks between the two political foes are expected to focus on economic and political reforms.
The talks have reportedly been delayed by the issue of President’s legitimacy (according to the MDC-A, while the ruling party, ZANU – PF, has since the election asked the opposition party to recognize President Mnangagwa, as the legitimate President, who got the mandate to lead the country after a close election victory over his nemesis.