President Emmerson Mnangagwa has castigated polarisation which he said is being perpetrated by those operating from the wilderness adding that Zimbabwe’s political issues must be discussed on one platform.
Addressing members from the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) at the Unity day celebrations, President Mnangagwa said POLAD was the platform for political leaders to seek unification and map the way forward for Zimbabwe, therefore, he will only move with those fighting for the same cause.
“Zimbabwe’s political issue is one and it must be discussed on one platform and that is POLAD and I am not moving away from that.
“POLAD is a platform where we seek to be united in Zimbabwe, it is full of people with critical ideas needed to move our nation forward, If things are well for the government then they are well for Zimbabwe and the creation of POLAD is a landmark achievement in our country,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa also urged POLAD members to be very vocal and pronounce issues vibrantly and disallow isolated voices in the jungle to disturb the progress they are making.
He said the government should support POLAD as it brings forth peace and harmony in the country.
“Peace is important and harmony is also equally important. If we all preach peace and harmony in the country then we expose those who have brought suffering.
“If it is my party that has brought suffering and violence and so on, it must be condemned the same applies for any other party whether in POLAD or in the wilderness,” said President Mnangagwa.
He remarked efforts by the late Cde Robert Mugabe and Cde Joshua Nkomo for uniting the people of Zimbabwe saying their role in the liberation struggle is cherished.
President Mnangagwa mentioned that should there be loans, everyone was mandated to benefit from those loans and POLAD should have policies to empower people.
“We must create windows where our young people have loans and move away from handouts and we must be productive, productive and productive said, President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said the country had never witnessed such unity were various conflicting parties came together to map a way forward for the nation before POLAD.
“We have never experienced such strong unison where conflicting political parties come together and map the way forward for their country without fighting,” said President Mnangagwa.
National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) chairperson and POLAD co-convenor Justice Selo Nare said this platform marks the beginning of progress in the country.
Chair of the POLAD monitoring and evaluation subcommittee Mr. Nickson Nyikadzino said 2019 was a very successful year for political players as they managed to achieve a lot. Chief amongst these achievements is putting Zimbabwe on the regional radar giving birth to the 25 October anti-sanctions day.
He applauded Zimbabwe’s constitution for not laying down the criteria of forming a political party saying this is enough testimony that Zimbabwe indeed has democracy.
Mr. Nyikadzino also saluted His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa for managing to put together all political actors across the country and preaching the gospel of unity, peace, and harmony.