President Emmerson Mnangagwa has dismissed calls for a Government of National Unity (GNU) and warned fellow colleagues in the ruling Zanu-PF party to stop dreaming about such. The president may have inadvertently revealed that all is not well within the ruling party when he told MP’s and other officials to work up and brew beer to their ancestors if they think there will be another GNU. He insisted that the ruling party was going to at it alone for the next 5 years.
Speaking at the Zanu-PF Central Committee meeting in Harare on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said,
We held our peaceful and non-violent elections where we got more than two-thirds majority. Those from within Zanu-PF dreaming of a GNU need a cleansing ceremony. Do not be swayed by the ramblings of losers, we will rule for the next five years, top of our agenda being the focus on fixing our economy.
Critics have called for Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to have talks aimed at saving the country as the economy has been plummeting since the July 30 harmonised elections. Mnangagwa was declared the winner by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the Constitutional Court but Chamisa has refused to give the loser’s consent arguing that Mnangagwa is illegitimate.