Douglas Mwonzora has told the Daily News on Sunday that if he is approached by the ruling party to form a GNU the MDC T will go ahead and form the GNU if it benefits the people of Zimbabwe.
Said Mwonzora to the publication:
Of course, of course, it (working with Zanu PF and other political outfits) is the only sensible thing to do … We are already working with Zanu PF in Parliament. We are also working with Zanu PF as we oversee its ministries.
Working with Zanu PF is different from working for Zanu PF. We want to establish a relationship that is respectful … business-like … professional and that benefits Zimbabwean people.
Zimbabwean people don’t benefit from dysfunctional fights … but we will take our responsibilities as the opposition and that is what we are going to do,” the self-assured Mwonzora told the Daily News.
For us to get to a … GNU (new government of national unity) somebody must initiate it and usually that is done by the party that is ruling because the argument is that they are enjoying the mandate of the people … and the second thing will be the terms of the GNU arrangement.
We are not interested in window dressing arrangements. But having said that, Zimbabweans did benefit tangibly from the GNU of 2009 to 2013.
So, if that choice ever comes our way, we will weigh whether it is in the best interest of the Zimbabwean people to do that.
That would entail us going around the country hearing the views of … people, and listening to the organs of our party … Zimbabweans have always benefited from dialogue.
In 1979, we ended … the liberation war with dialogue at Lancaster House which brought independence … civil war, the genocide in Matabeleland ended with the Unity Accord. That was dialogue.
The 2008 and 2009 violence ended again with a discussion. So, there is ample historic evidence that dialogue does work.
We want to pursue dialogue. What it will culminate in is another story. Sometimes it culminates in a GNU. Sometimes it culminates in an arrangement different from a GNU.
But as long as … that GNU is in the best interest of Zimbabweans, it is welcome to us
UZ political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure said there is a possibility of the 2 parties working together since president Mnangagwa openly welcomed Mwonzora as the MDC T leader last year.
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