Govt Dismisses GNU Talks

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Information Ministry secretary Nick Mangwana said President Mnangagwa’s government will not be forced into a Government of National Unity or power-sharing arrangement.

In an editorial published in The Sunday Mail, Mangwana said there is no need for a GNU because Zanu-PF won 145 National Assembly seats against its main challenger, MDC-Alliance, which garnered 63 seats. Mangwana said the dialogue initiated by President Mnangagwa is not a power-sharing negotiation. Said Mangwana:

In Britain there is a hung parliament. This could be an ideal case for GNU between Labour and the Conservative. But the mere suggestion of that would sound so ridiculous that some may ask the suggester to have a Mental State Examination. In the United States, there is so much bitterness which goes back to the elections; that’s why there has been this shut down over the building of the border wall. But nobody has made a suggestion for the Democrats and the Republicans to have a GNU. Why then do we get that suggestion whenever there is some crisis in Africa? Isn’t this the type of attitude which makes African leaders accuse their Western colleagues of condescension and double standards?

More: Herald

Government of National UnityNick Mangwana

The Government of National Unity was a coalition government between the three major political parties in Zimbabwe formed on 13 February 2009 after the signing of the Global Political Agreement. Read More About Government of National Unity

Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana is a politician, political analyst, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity and a member of Zanu-PF. He was the chairperson of Zanu-PF U.K chapter. Mangwana was popular with his column View from the diaspora which is published in the... Read More About Nick Mangwana


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2 comments

  1. Joe Cool Reply

    Quite right – the West does have double standards. With such a majority, why doesn’t Zanu just get on and fix the economy? What is the need for this mysterious dialogue we keep hearing about? Isn’t parliament the place for dialogue? If the MDC have ‘solutions’, as they claim, why don’t they just make them public? Surely there is nothing secret about good ideas? Isn’t it selfish to keep good ideas to oneself? If the MDC publishes their good ideas, the entire public will be able to have input and raise comments. That will be real dialogue and democracy.

  2. Joe Cool Reply

    Quite right – the West does have double standards. With such a majority, why doesn’t Zanu just get on and fix the economy? What is the need for this mysterious dialogue we keep hearing about? Isn’t parliament the place for dialogue? If the MDC have ‘solutions’, as they claim, why don’t they just make them public? Surely there is nothing secret about good ideas? Isn’t it selfish to keep good ideas to oneself? If the MDC publishes their good ideas, the entire public will be able to have input and raise comments. That will be real dialogue and democracy for Zimbabwe.

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