Mnangagwa dashes any hope of GNU


President Emmerson Mnangagwa today reiterated that he is not forming any government of national unity because his party was given a mandate to govern and will rule for the next five years as stipulated by the constitution.

He told party delegates that they should brew beer for anyone who dreams of having a government of national unity and should not be worried by the noises coming from the losers.

Mnangagwa told SkyNews in August that if former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson could form a government with a one seat majority why should he form a government of national unity when he has a two-thirds majority?

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa who refuses to accept defeat despite losing his battle at the Constitutional Court has repeatedly said he does not want a government of national unity but is calling for what he calls a national transitional authority.

Mnangagwa who seems to be enjoying a new lease of life after the party unanimously showed confidence in him says his main task is to revive the country’s economy so that they can address fuel shortages and rocketing prices.

His critics say Mnangagwa cannot revive the country’s economy as Zimbabwe’s problem is political and therefore needs a political solution.

These critics, however, believe that Zimbabwe can only turn around if the opposition is involved in the government but those in ZANU-PF believe that the opposition will tie it down and slow its progress.

Eddie Cross said three weeks ago that Zimbabwe will be a different country by March next year.

“I now hear people saying that the resumption of shortages and fuel queues and the sudden emergence of a parallel market for hard currencies means that we are going back into the conditions we experienced in 2005 to 2008,” he wrote on his blog.

“Nothing could be further from the truth, our economic fundamentals are sound, exports and the GDP growing rapidly and once the new team in the Ministry of Finance started to tackle the macro economic problems of the country, they were immediately rewarded by a sharp reduction in the fiscal deficit and we will be in surplus by Christmas.

“At this pace we will be in a different country by March 2019. Let’s keep our current problems in perspective – if we do, they will not look so entrenched or formidable.”

Zimbabwe had a primary surplus in October and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says Zimbabwe will pay off its arrears with the World Bank and the African Development Bank within the next 12 months.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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