Mnangagwa’s Polad members demands luxury cars, allowances 

Source: Mnangagwa’s Polad members demands luxury cars, allowances – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 31, 2019

MEMBERS of the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) have told President Emmerson Mnangagwa that they want government to fund their 2020 operations which include money for all-terrain vehicles and sitting allowances.

BY BRENNA MATENDERE

Polad which brings together the ruling Zanu PF party and leaders of fringe parties that participated in the 2018 presidential elections — in their report presented to Mnangagwa after feasting at his farm last weekend, say it was critical to get funding from government since there has not been any since the formation of the platform in May this year.

Nixon Nyikadzino, the secretary-general of the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T party, in his brief said: “Of course, in any engagement and any intervention, you face challenges and it is a reality. One of the difficulties we noticed was around funding issues. It’s something that we need to quickly work around and say this is how Polad is going to be funded and ensuring that those who attend Polad can actually say this is our project and with resources available can trace targets till 2022.

“So that is a challenge you may need to engage Your Excellency and find ways of dealing with the issue of funding this big and national project.”

Mnangagwa pledged to fulfil the demands.

“In May thereabout when we created Polad, we had no direct funding. But now this is a platform which government must support because it brings harmony, it brings peace, it brings development in the country. Development, modernisation and industrialisation has a cost, so I am not averse to funding Polad because it brings convergence of political and economic views for our country to move forward,” Mnangagwa said.

He did not say how he intends to raise funding for the platform seen by many as a talk shop with no political or economic benefit.

Eighteen political parties were represented at the Unity Day meeting including the National Constitutional Assembly led by Lovemore Madhuku, People’s Rainbow Coalition leader Lucia Matibenga and MDC-T lead by Thokozani Khupe.

These parties garnered less than 2% of total votes in the 2018 elections.

Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party MDC and a few small parties have refused to take part in Polad talks.

The demands come at a time when government is struggling to deal with Zimbabwe’s biggest economic crisis in a decade. The southern Africa country’s economy is seen contracting by 7,2% this year and has shortages of everything from fuel, electricity and medicines. It also faces labour unrest after inflation rose to 480% in November, leading to frequent price hikes while wages have remained stagnant.

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    Nonproductive idiots want tax money. F..k off please and go and get a legitimate job. Bloody hell, the raping of the country continues

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    This thing POLAD is not useful at all. It is an extension of ZANU. If there are to be any talks it has to be between POLAD (inclusive of ZANU) and the Movement for General Change led by the People’s President the Right Honourable Advocate Nelson Chamisa. Forget about the pronouncements of captured institutions, the truth still remains that Advocate Chamisa won this Election hands down. Why then fund dismal losers? Wasted resources. They will not improve the economy. If they could why is the Head of POLAD always mourning about the absence of President Advocate Chamisa in the POLAD? Forget about politicians who mascarade as preachers when churches are there in abundance to preach to the nation. There should be no payment, allowance or provision of transport for the whole bunch of election losers. They have done nothing to deserve even a penny. channel the money towards free, fair and credible international supervised use not what the POLAD is demanding. They have no vote and all of them combined failed to reach the 2.6 million that Advocate Chamisa got.

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    Mapingu 3 months ago

    Freebies for zanu pf puppets. What are they dialoguing about? These are all individuals who agree that ED trounced them in the 2018 shame-election. So, what is it they are being paid for; for proclaiming ED’s legitimacy; isn’t it? So, if courts proclamations of ED legitimacy were not enough to make ED legitimate enough what difference would Madhuku-Khupe proclamations make? nxaaaaa!!!!

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    GoRobin 3 months ago

    Long live the Dictatorship.

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    alistair washaya 3 months ago

    shame upon them all