By Mutsa Makuvaza
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda has demanded that MDC-A leader Nelson Chamisa joins the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) to ensure the country’s economy improves for all Zimbabweans.
President Mnangagwa established the POLAD in 2018 so that leaders of political parties he defeated in the 2018 general elections can meet to propose solutions to Zimbabwe’s socio-economic challenges.
Chamisa and a few other losing candidates have consistently refused to partake in the meetings, claiming that they would only dialogue with the Zanu-PF leader under the watchful eye of a SADC-appointed mediator.
However, Matemadanda has said that Chamisa must seek audience with President Mnangagwa as well as with the war veterans leadership for the good of the economy.
“We want Chamisa and his leadership to participate in the POLAD and to meet the war veterans’ leadership if he wants to see the country progress.
“We fought for the liberation of this country and we want our country to be moving forward in terms of political and economic development,” Matemadanda told the Business Times.
“Chamisa must join other political actors and discuss the problems facing the country like what his counterpart Thokozani Khupe has done.”
Khupe in her maiden speech in Parliament last week vowed to “dialogue with Zanu-PF for the sake of the country’s 14,6 million citizens”.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo said his party and leader were not going to be meeting President Mnangagwa and the war veterans without mediation from SADC leaders.
“We have stated that we are ready for dialogue with Zanu-PF and the war veterans that is to be chaired by an internationally arbitrator not having Mnangagwa chairing the meeting.
“The war veterans should understand that we are ready for dialogue which is genuine and legitimate and not the POLAD which is a circus to us,” Hlatshwayo said. – Zimbabwe Voice ■