Zanu PF secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu has challenged MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa and MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora to join the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) if they are serious about their calls for dialogue with the ruling party.
POLAD, a forum of fringe political parties that lost the 2018 elections, was created by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2019.
However, Chamisa has previously scoffed at calls for him to join the platform while Mwonzora, unlike his predecessor Thokozani Khupe who was a member, has hitherto refused to join POLAD.
Mpofu warned Chamisa and Mwonzora that they will be isolated if they maintain their stance. Mpofu said:
Those politicians in the opposition who think they are entitled to preferential treatment and are immune from the processes which are endorsed by many other political players in Zimbabwe run the risk of isolation.
The POLAD framework simply enunciates a common national vision which is detached from partisan egos and inter-party smear campaigns.
If they are sincere on dialogue, they must join others in POLAD.
Mpofu also said the ruling party sees no reason for the formation of another inclusive government with the opposition or Government of National Unity (GNU). He added:
Zanu PF is ready for the 2023 elections. We are counting on our electoral mandate renewal to continue our work towards Vision 2030.
We are not swayed by opinions of certain churches and CSOs. They are entitled to their wishes.
Otherwise, we will not compromise the constitution by foregoing the election to satisfy a few reactionary elements in our political space.