©️ FORTHRIGHT Zanu PF politburo member and former Cabinet minister, Tshinga Dube, pictured, has thrown the cat among the pigeons within the ruling party by calling on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to form a government of national unity (GNU) with the opposition to end the country’s myriad challenges.
“At the current rate, it will take a long time for us to get it right. I have always said economics and politics are like two legs of men. If the other leg is dysfunctional, the other leg won’t be able to walk straight.
“You cannot have a good economy where there is no good politics.
“I am … calling for a government of national unity, not because there is a vacancy … but I feel it will make us focus on running the economy only, instead of spending so much time fighting and squabbling over politics,” the ever candid Dube told the Daily News.
“But there are some people in government who feel that maybe if this GNU comes into effect, they will lose their positions,” the former Zipra bigwig further said.
“Everyone here is thinking about power. Where have you seen a country with 23 people aspiring to be a president?
“It’s not surprising that in the next elections, this number may double up,” Dube added — referring to the record number of people who stood as presidential candidates in the disputed 2018 national elections.
“If these people are really genuine friends or advisers, they should tell the president the truth and differentiate things that are right from wrong.
“The president has people he works with who include the Cabinet, Parliament, advisors, politburo and central committee members.“If all those people don’t see anything wrong, the president will always think that everything is okay, because he can’t do it alone,” he added.
All this has caused Mnangagwa to once again come under pressure to take the initiative to launch national dialogue, to help end the country’s myriad challenges — which analysts have warned could soon trigger civil unrest among fed-up Zimbabweans.
“Sanctions are hurting Zimbabwe, but at the same time we hurt ourselves. It is very easy to fight against sanctions.
“It’s not by conducting street marches or organising big rallies against sanctions. It’s by looking at our policies. Some countries are against some policies that we make.“For instance, if some of the problems we have faced in the last few years are anything to go by, we are signatories to certain treaties and … we have to stick to those agreements. If we don’t, then it will be marked against us,” Dube said.
“So, we must make sure that there are no people who are working against the good of this country,” Dube further told the Daily News.The former Makokoba MP also said it was wrong to look at Eastern countries as Zimbabwe’s saviours for the current woes.“I don’t think this policy is in line with modern policies. We are now living in a global world.
“You really don’t have to look East or West, but look at the whole world, especially where opportunities arise.“For example, if you look East it means you are only focused on the East, and you don’t focus on other parts of the world,” Dube said.
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