Victoria Falls- MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora appears to have had a change of heart about joining POLAD, a grouping of fringe political parties that contested in the 2018 harmonised elections.
Mwonzora arrived with POLAD principals and leaders of fringe political parties at a function presided over by President Emerson Mnangagwa in Victoria Falls earlier on today.
The MDC-T confirmed on its social media handles that Mwonzora was in Victoria Falls to participate in the POLAD vaccination campaign.
“President Mwonzora has arrived in Vic Falls to participate in the launch of a National Vaccination Campaign initiated by the Government of Zimbabwe. He was invited by Min of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament,” the party said in a brief statement.
The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is in charge of coordinating POLAD programmes and activities through its permanent secretary Virginia Mabhiza. This publication is in possession of letters penned by Mabhiza inviting Mwonzora and other POLAD principals to Victoria Falls for the launch of the National Vaccination Campaign.
Speaking through his spokesperson Lloyd Damba, Mwonzora has previously insisted that he will not join POLAD citing the fact that it is not inclusive and its objectives are unclear.
“If you look at the Polad constitutive document or its code of conduct, it is exclusive to individuals who participated in the 2018 harmonised elections and thus excludes labour, church, business, traditional leaders and other civic society groups. We, therefore, call for another forum that is inclusive of all the above-mentioned players, with a clear objective of what must be achieved and timeframes and set targets,” said Damba.