The columnist who writes for the state-owned weekly newspaper, the Sunday Mail, under the pseudonym Bishop Lazarus has urged Zanu-PF to avoid a Government of National Unity (GNU) saying that this would weaken the ruling party. Bishop Lazarus called for Zanu-PF and the MDC Alliance to avoid each other at all costs.
Now let me turn to today’s sermon proper. All the stubbornness by the MDC-Alliance, all the reckless statements by the opposition leaders and all the futile trips to the courts by little Chamisa are meant to push President Mnangagwa to agree to enter into this creature called Government of National Unity. Little Chamisa knows that he won’t win at the courts, but he thinks by holding the country to ransom, President Mnangagwa will feel the heat and succumb to the pressure to form the GNU.
….The story of Abram and Lot shows us that, while indeed there is strength in unity, there are times when living separately is the best. This is the case with the current Zanu – PF and the current MDC-Alliance. These parties have to avoid each other at all costs.
From the Zanu – PF perspective, the GNU is bad for a number of reasons. Zanu – PF won the two-thirds majority in Parliament and President Mnangagwa won the presidential election. As a result, there is no need for Zanu – PF to enter into any sort of GNU with the opposition.
Any form of GNU with the MDC-Alliance will weaken Zanu – PF because some members and supporters of the ruling party will feel betrayed that they worked so hard to defeat the opposition, only for the opposition to sneak into power through the back door which is sugar-coated as GNU.
…Zanu – PF should not be tricked by the West into thinking that the situation has gotten so much out of hand such that the GNU is the only way out. Some will bring in arguments from the 2009 GNU saying it brought “good tidings” to the country but just as the GNU was temporary, the “good tidings” were temporary. Zimbabwe needs permanent solutions. We can’t continue living in this vicious cycle of temporary relief that takes us nowhere.
As for the MDC-Alliance, the GNU will destroy the party. As it is, the Alliance is too weak. Just imagine what will happen when a few people in the party get ministerial jobs and start enjoying the comfort of those luxurious monster vehicles and Government allowances? Many will cross the floor to Zanu – PF, if not openly then in their hearts. This has happened in the past.
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