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Zimbabwe rules out setting unity government

by DANAI MWARUMBA 
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE has rejected calls by Western embassies for another unity government.

Nelson Chamisa

The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa believes this defeats the purpose of having elections, including the last one held last July and won by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) leader.

Foreign missions in the Southern African country have been advocating for an inclusive government that includes the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance of Nelson Chamisa, who claims the
elections were rigged.

“After an election has conferred legitimacy, Western powers then turn  around and say that legitimacy should now be conferred through  negotiations between winner and loser,” said government spokesperson, Nick Mangwana.

“Why do we have elections in the first place? What is being asked of Zimbabwe is never asked of any other country in the West. Which Western country has ever been asked of this?” questioned Mangwana.

At the last polls, ZANU-PF won 145 parliamentary seats ahead of 63 won by MDC Alliance.

Mnangagwa secured 50,8 percent of the presidential vote to Chamisa’s 44,3 percent.

Mangwana accused Western nations of double standards, arguing such  countries never considered having unity governments of their own despite polls not producing a clear winner.

“In Britain, there is a hung parliament. This could be an ideal case for a government of national unity (GNU) between Labour and the Conservatives. In the US, nobody has made a suggestion for the Democrats and the Republicans to have a GNU,” he argued.

Harare activist, Irvin Munyoro, said: “In Zimbabwe, we produced a clear  winner. So, why then be forced into another GNU?”

Zimbabwe had a four-year unity government in 2009 following disputed  elections.

The inclusive government made strides in reviving the economy and easing political problems.

– CAJ News

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