By William Milasi
Dialogue to move the country must not only be between MDC Alliance and Zanu PF but is about all the political parties which contested in the elections an opposition leader has said.
Speaking from his United Kingdom base in an interview Maat President Neferkare Nembaware said its now time for the politicians to put their own personal ambitions and power games aside and focus on putting an end to the suffering of the country’s masses.
The dialogue Nembaware said must lead to the formation of a Government of National Unity (GNU).
The opposition leader’s call seems to resonate with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for a national dialogue.
Taking to micro blogging site twitter yesterday Mnangagwa called for a national dialogue in which he made an invitation to leaders of all political parties as well as religious and civil leaders, “to set aside our differences and come together.”
Explained Mnangagwa, “What unites us is stronger than what could ever divide us. Let’s begin a national dialogue. Let’s put the economy first. Let’s put the people first,” said Mnangagwa.
Following deadly clashes which rocked the country last week and the continued suffering of the general citizenry Nembaware said, “A GNU is now necessary to avert continued suffering of the masses.”
“The elephant in the room is the economy. The masses cannot afford the basics; we need to mitigate the situation. A GNU attract goodwill from the international community and with it, inward investment,” he said.
He explained how he envisaged the structuring of the inclusive government.
“Zanu PF will lead the GNU as they have a majority in parliament. The MDC Alliance might take a larger portion of the administrative structure compared to other opppostion parties however, it must be made clear that other political parties that took part in the July elections must be part of this GNU, it must never be an alliance between Zanu PF and MDC alone. There is a lot of talent in other parties too,” he said.
There have been calls for the country’s two main political protagonists President Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to reach out to each other so as to move the country forward.
“The GNU must never been an understanding between the MDC Alliance and Zanu PF only as that will be a costly mistake. The economy will be bolstered through this GNU which will bring in much needed investment and create jobs. This will stabilize the fiscus,” he said.
“Once in a GNU, the opposition is in a better position to enforce some of the pending reforms from inside. What Zimbabwe needs is what I will call a soft landing. As of November 2017 the country has been in a transformational phase but the key is it must be gradual to maintain stability,” he said.
Nembeware said it will be tragic for the inclusive government to leave amongst other leaders himself, Nkosana Moyo and Noah Manyika amongst others.
“It will also be wise to involve the diaspora as there is a lot of talent there,” he concluded.