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POLAD to engage UN, IMF on sanctions

THE Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), a grouping of 17 of the 23 political parties that participated in harmonised elections last year, says it is going to engage the United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank on the need to urgently lift the US sanctions on Zimbabwe.

This was disclosed by POLAD co-convener and National Peace and Reconciliation Commission chairperson Justice Selo Nare, while addressing a press conference today.

The press conference came at the closure of a two-day workshop on ZIDERA and sanctions.

Justice Selo Nare also said the POLAD members will have a retreat in Nyanga to find ways to approach and engage the West so sanctions could be lifted.

“On Monday and Tuesday, we (POLAD members) have a workshop and one of the things we are going to discuss is Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera).

“We have been able to formulate some committees to have this running. We are now on the second leg, where we will be dealing with issues that pertain to governance, one of the areas that we will deal with is that of the economy,” said Justice Nare.

“With the advice of other groups that will come in, we should be able to cover a lot of ground.

“We will be going to Troutbeck in order to look at the outlay of things that we have missed out but the area we are going to be looking at is that of the Zidera and be able to interrogate it and find out how we can approach the people who have imposed sanctions on us and perfect the whole thing.”

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POLAD has been ignored by main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Two weeks ago, the US government slapped State Security Minister Owen Ncube with sanctions, barely a day after President Mnangagwa was leading the anti-sanctions march in Harare.

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