'Zim headed for power-sharing deal'

HARARE - Zimbabwe could be headed for a power-sharing deal after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s contested narrow win, which perpetuated Zanu PF’s 38-year rule, political analysts have said.

Mnangagwa won with 50,8 percent of the votes, defeating MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, who got 44,9 percent of the votes. However, Chamisa insists he won the elections by a huge margin, arguing that the election results were twisted in favour of Mnangagwa.

Political analysts believe for Zimbabwe to move forward there is need for the leaders to work together, due to the contested election results and the fact that Zimbabwe is a heavily volatile state.

Political analyst Eldred Masunungure, however, told the Daily News the elections outcome showed that Zimbabwe is heavily polarized and needs national healing and reconciliation, which can only be achieved if the political parties work together.

“What can be done is that we need to retrace events of the recent past and create something like a Government of National Unity (GNU).

“A GNU, however, is not a panacea to the economic problems in the country, it’s just a transitional mechanism.

“It is a bridging gap between ‘us and them’. There is a big gap between ‘us and them’. There is a lot of nostalgia among Zimbabweans. If the political leaders could swallow their pride to work for the good of the country.

“I would suggest a GNU in the interim for two to three years or even five years. Zimbabwe needs national healing and that cannot be done outside the coalition. The spirit of working together needs to be actualised, and that is one of the key interventions,” Masunungure said.

Another political analyst Brian Kagoro said there was need for the opposition political leaders to exercise maturity in light of the outcome.

“#AfricanLivesMatter Given the declared dispute regarding the announced results, the entire leadership of the opposition must quickly convene — tell each other off if necessary — smoke the peace pipe, find issues of common concern & act as a united front. Show leadership & maturity!” he wrote on his Twitter page.

His sentiments resonated with those of Maxwell Saungweme, who said there is need for the opposition to introspect on the outcome of the elections.

“When things stabilise in the near future, let’s engage objectively on, political parties-constitution making process vs people-driven process, Mugabe’s kiss of death, support for coup, and lack of internal democracy & tolerance in opposition and how they have led to this outcome!” he said on Twitter.

Clergyman and businessperson Shingi Munyeza, on the other hand, said Mnangagwa must try to unite the people.

“?Mr President-elect:  49,2 percent of the voters do not like you — unite us, our skill is in urban whilst our resources are in rural — bring equity, make us trust you — show transparency & accountability, you are of an older generation — empower the youths,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Zimbabwe has once been under a GNU between 2009 and 2013, when the ruling Zanu PF government was under former   president Robert Mugabe, while MDC was being led by its late founding president Morgan Tsvangirai.

The unity government was set up following a disputed election in 2008.

In 2008 Mugabe got 43 percent, while the MDC front man garnered 47 percent. Tsvangirai failed to garner enough votes to enable him to form the next government, which resulted in an election run-off.

He pulled out of the run-off following violent attacks on his supporters.

Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai were not on this year’s ballot paper for the first time in nearly two decades.

Mugabe resigned from power last November following an army intervention which catapulted Emmerson Mnangagwa to the presidency, while Tsvangirai died in February from colon cancer.

The violent activities witnessed in 2008 have not been addressed to ensure a full reconciliatory process and they still haunt the country up to this day, something that has made it difficult for Zimbabweans to work together as a united force.

Comments (6)

Why must Zimbabweans compromise all the time. ED lost, and the army is beating up people in towns: why? Is there a third force at work that both Ed and Chamisa don't know about? The riggers must own up..and then we start from there

C. Kandez - 5 August 2018

ED lost? How do you know that ED lost? All evidence shows that Chamisa lost. MDC folks are in denial - but Zim should not worry. Chamisa & co. will get used to the idea - it takes time to sink in.

Buns Tonobvina - 5 August 2018

kikikiki power sharing!,my foot! people don't know what they wish for. zanu pf won on its own and why would it share power with minows like kamisa. if ed does that then he is finished cos some of us who voted for him will not be happy seeing munhu asina kuvhoterwa ototongawo. let kamisa prepare for 2023. and you the reporter don't write zvausingazive who told you kuti munhu asina kuvhoterwa anotonga.

mtimbanyoka - 6 August 2018

Zanu pf is a terrorist organization, until the world comes to this realization we will forever be doomed in Zimbabwe!! Zanu pf has never won election free n fair elections since 1980, period. We are being ruled by a gang of evil blood sucking malcontents, who are masquerading as a civilian government...!!

Chimwamuna Chamimba - 7 August 2018

Our politics in Zimbabwe is now boring and is raising too much unnecessary tension among people.The solution is to amend the constitution so that the party that wins the majority in parliament chooses its president like what they do here in Botswana where there is always smooth transition of power.Ishall fight to make sure our legislators also copy from the peaceful way other countries do it,even in South Africa they do it.IF a party has majority in parliament it should be allowed to rule whether its MDC OR ZANU PF.Thank you.

S KUPEMBA - 7 August 2018

Dai ZANU yaibvuma to implement devolution nekudzosa maExecutive Mayor taiti ndiyo yatinoti indirect GNU nokuti veopposition vanowanikwavo varimuhurumende nyika yoinda mberi . Dai toisa maGoverner emaprovince zvichienderana nemavotes awanikwa manje chimweya cheZANU chokukambura zvose ndochinoita kuve nemhirizhonga . Devolution inopedza mhirizhonga nokuti vakuri vemapato vanowano masimba muhurumende

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 9 August 2018

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