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MDC Alliance scoffs at POLAD poll reforms

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By Staff Reporter

The MDC Alliance youth assembly has castigated President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) forum for laying out what the opposition termed some funny electoral reform proposals.

In a statement Friday, the MDC Alliance national spokesperson Stephen Chuma said the grouping did not possess any ounce of a social contract with the masses.

POLAD comprises small political parties whose presidential candidates lost dismally in the 2018 general elections, but were invited by Mnangagwa to map the way forward for the country.

However, MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, who lost narrowly in the disputed 2018 presidential poll to the incumbent, is not part of the grouping.

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POLAD met Friday and came up with a number of electoral reforms which included provisions of Braille voting so that those with visual impairments can vote in secret.

Chuma immediately dismissed the reforms, saying “rejects and losers” must never determine the course and direction Zimbabwe must take.

“They (POLAD) lack moral probity and public endorsement hence they should not force their rotten political ideas to the very people who rejected the same ideas on ballot,” said Chuma.

He accused POLAD politicians of abusing taxpayers money, and vehicles they received from Mnangagwa was a case in point.

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“By embracing Emmerson Mnangagwa, POLAD members have embraced criminality, human butchery, corruption, human rights abuses and all the ills of the so-called Second Republic. It’s folly to accept a witch and condemn witchcraft,” Chuma said.

He added that if POLAD members were genuine about political reforms, then they should call for the release of all political prisoners such party activist Makomborero Haruzivishe.

“POLAD members are accomplices to this unjust system that has left our people economically, socially and politically disenfranchised.

“We cannot allow accomplices of thievery and corruption to suggest what’s good for our society for they religiously save interests of their masters.

“If POLAD members are sincere about reforms then their first port of call must be to call for the resignation of chief electoral thief, Emmerson Mnangagwa who ordered the butchering of unarmed and defenceless civilians by the military on 1 August 2018,” said Chuma.

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