Research Paper | Peace and Conflict Studies | Zimbabwe | Volume 3 Issue 8, August 2014
An Evaluation of the Zimbabwean Government of National Unity (2008-2013)
Lincoln Hlatywayo, Andrew Mukono
The Zimbabwean Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed following the political violence after the disputed 2008 Harmonised Elections. Three major political parties in Zimbabwe, namely ZANU PF, MDC T and MDC M signed the Global Political Agreement (GPA) on 15 September 2008. The GNU was necessitated by power struggles between political parties, decline in the provision of social services, poverty, hunger, failure to govern the country, abuse of power by politicians, no respect for rule of law and the declining economy among other issues. The GNU was mandated to come up with a new people driven constitution to prepare for free and fair elections, look at other issues such as land question, sanctions, security sector reforms, eradication of politically motivated violence and human rights abuse. This paper argues that all political parties should have implement the agreed GPA facets, the constitution making process should have been completed in time, power imbalances between political parties should have been addressed and the rule of law observed. The paper further recommends that International and Regional institutions should have continued assisting and monitoring the implementation of the GPA in Zimbabwe.
Keywords: Government of National Unity, Global Political Agreement, Harmonised Elections, Economic Structural Adjustment Programme, ESAP, Partnership for Africas Development NEPAD, Referendum, ZANU-PF, MDC-T, MDC
Edition: Volume 3 Issue 8, August 2014
Pages: 1453 - 1459
How to Cite this Article?
Lincoln Hlatywayo, Andrew Mukono, "An Evaluation of the Zimbabwean Government of National Unity (2008-2013)", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=2015441, Volume 3 Issue 8, August 2014, 1453 - 1459
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