By Zimbabwe Voice Reporter
OPPOSITION leader Linda Masarira says President Mnangagwa deserves appreciation over his efforts to work with all progressive opposition parties in Zimbabwe.
Masarira, who leads the Labour Economists and Afrikan Democrats (LEAD) party, spoke as Zambia’s President-elect Hakainde Hichilema has been applauded as progressive after he invited several opposition leaders from the SADC region to his inauguration event set for today in Lusaka.
Among those invited is MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, who has refused to work with Mnangagwa under the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) platform.
Masarira observed that President Mnangagwa’s efforts to work with all opposition parties were being shunned “day in and day out” by some quarters in the opposition.
“(So,) Hakainde Hichilema is being seen as progressive by inviting opposition parties to his inauguration?” Masarira asked rhetorically.
“In Zimbabwe we have a Head of State who is working with all progressive opposition parties and he is shunned day in and day out. At what point will we appreciate our own initiatives as Zimbabweans?”
Meanwhile, LEAD says it believes in Zimbabweans working together for the common good.
“In Zimbabwe we should stick together. We reject the myth about everyone being the architect of his or her own fortune. Instead, we believe that all people have a responsibility for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable.
“We know that everyone can be in need of help. When this happens, a person shall never feel like a burden or left out neither should a person feel burdened, pulled back or used. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity,2 the party says.
LEAD further says it endeavours “to allow the ideals of social democracy and Pan Afrikanism to characterise the entire
society and relationships between people.
“The common will of the citizens, developed in a free and open debate and expressed in democratic elections, is always superior to other claims to power.”