LATEST: 2 political leaders push for GNU to tackle Zimbabwe’s economic woes


Zimbabwe’s political landscape is once again being shaken up by calls for a government of national unity (GNU) by opposition leader Harry Peter Wilson.

As one of 11 presidential candidates in the upcoming elections, Wilson argues that a GNU is necessary to address the country’s economic problems and restore it to its former stability.

Peter Harry Wilson

Wilson’s call for a GNU echoes sentiments from exiled former minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who also advocates for bringing a broad base of skilled people to form a government of national unity. Kasukuwere emphasizes the need for people who can make a difference to the country’s economy and livelihoods.

While a GNU is not a new idea in Zimbabwe, it remains to be seen whether Wilson’s call will gain traction and lead to the formation of a new government. The country previously enjoyed relative stability between 2009 and 2013 during a GNU between ZANU-PF and the MDC following a disputed election in 2008.

Wilson, who leads a small opposition party, faces an uphill battle in the presidential race against frontrunners Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF and Nelson Chamisa of the CCC. The potential formation of a GNU could shift the political landscape in Zimbabwe, but its outcome remains uncertain.

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