THE Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) principals who are among the first-time exhibitors at the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) are using this year’s edition of the premier trade showcase to directly engage with members of the public explaining to them their mission and objectives towards nation-building.
In an interview with B-Metro at their stand at the ZITF, Willard Mugadza, chairperson of Polad’s international relations and re-engagement committee and leader of Bethel Christian Party said the premier trade showcase afforded them an opportunity to be understood by their critics.
“ZITF has afforded us an opportunity to directly interact with members of the public where they will come here and ask questions on what is Polad, what are its objectives and achievements.
“For example, we have been following a lot of news on the social media people saying they don’t know anything about Polad and what we have achieved so far. So, our exhibition at this year’s edition of the trade fair is very important for us to sell Polad as a product before we embark on an engagement within the country’s 10 provinces,” said Mugadza.
He said one of their biggest achievements was the introduction of the country’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy which has as its vision “to make Zimbabwe a corruption-free country where honesty and integrity become the main culture”.
“The National Anti-Corruption strategy, is the brainchild of Polad which was eventually adopted by the government and was launched at the end of 2019,” said Mugadza.
Another principal, Lucia Mativenga, who is chairperson of Polad’s of national healing and nation building committee and also leader of People’s Rainbow Coalition concurred with Mugadza saying ZITF provided them with an opportunity for them to interact with their constituency.
“We are here at ZITF for the first time because we really thought it was important for us to be at the fair so that we are able to explain our existence to the public. We are also able to showcase what we are doing so that there is limited speculation on what Polad is and what exactly are we doing.
“People should know that through Polad we introduced a different kind of politics in the country, which is politics of tolerance, of different divergent views, politics of engagement and politics of non-condemnation,” she said.
POLAD, which is a platform for political parties is a brainchild of President Mnangagwa, was established in 2018 to engage with other presidential election candidates in that year’s election.