President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday said MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora is free to join the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) if he wants.
Mnangagwa was speaking at State House in Harare while handing over 19 Isuzu D-Max vehicles that he promised to POLAD principals. He said:
I met MDC-T leader Mr Douglas Mwonzora, who is the leader of the MDC-T. I was informed by the Speaker of Parliament that he is now the official leader of the opposition in Parliament.
In terms of the protocols, the leader of the opposition has to meet the President. In the process, I said to him he is free to join POLAD although POLAD is for principals who participated in the 2018 Presidential elections.
I thought you will allow him as a leader of a political party.
Mnangagwa said he had honoured his pledge of providing vehicles to all POLAD members so that they seamlessly implement national programmes. He said:
The vehicles have been made identifiable to make sure they carry the dignity of POLAD. The cars, you are not going to use them as you see it fit, except that it must be for political work or developmental work.
Down the line, of course, the other purpose belongs to POLAD, now that they are given to each political party.
In terms of regulations in the public sector, after three years we will then review and make sure that they can belong to you.
POLAD is a dialogue platform created by Mnangagwa following calls for the need for dialogue with the opposition to find solutions for the country’s problems.
However, not all participants in the 2018 presidential elections joined POLAD, among them Nelson Chamisa, who polled over 43% of the vote, former Vice President Joice Mujuru, and former Industry and Commerce minister Nkosana Moyo, among others.