FOREIGN Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo has slammed the door in MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s face, declaring that there will be no other platform for dialogue apart from the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD).
Moyo’s statements come as the opposition has been angling for a special one on one occasion with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying the rest of leaders under POLAD lost the 2018 elections and have no significant following.
But Moyo, in an interview with State-owned media, declared there is no going back on the outcome of the 2018 elections as the highest court in the land had already made the ruling.
He also defended the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Lawrence Stergomena Tax, who called for all Zimbabwe’s political players to come to the POLAD platform and pull the nation in one direction.
“Dr Tax is completely on target in her appeal to all political leaders to come together in support of this ongoing national dialogue, aimed at healing the toxic polarisation which continues to divide our nation and providing a viable platform for all to be heard and for all to contribute towards lasting solutions to the many challenges which confront our young nation,’’ SB Moyo said.
“There can be no going back on the 2018 election outcome. There can be no special dispensation – beyond Polad – to accommodate any political players,’’ Dr Moyo said.
“Dr Tax was merely appealing to all such political players – MDC A included – to put the national interest first and to join the process.
‘’The Government of Zimbabwe fully subscribes to that appeal.
“It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that various MDC spokespersons have turned their sights and censure upon Sadc Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Tax, for her recent comments in support of inclusive dialogue between and amongst all national leaders in Zimbabwe,’’ Dr Moyo said.
He hailed the recent visit by former South African President Thabo Mbeki and said it resonates well with President Mnangagwa and Sadc’s call for an inclusive process of national dialogue.
“That is what is needed. That is what His Excellency (President Mnangagwa) has repeatedly called for. That is what the region would hope to see.
“Since Dr Tax made her perfectly reasonable comments, MDC A spokespersons have taken their public utterances and, it seems, their misconceptions surrounding President Mbeki’s efforts, to an altogether different level — perhaps intentionally seeking to undermine his well-intentioned efforts while also further exposing the opportunism which often characterises the MDC A and elements of its leadership,’’ he added.
Minister Moyo said the Government and Sadc will not be deterred by the unbecoming behaviour exhibited by the MDC-A by refusing to dialogue with other political parties that has derailed the Polad from achieving inclusivity.
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