Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a vetting exercise of Zanu-PF aspiring candidates at Victoria Junior in Masvingo on Wednesday, Zanu-PF’s secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said civil servants are not allowed to hold political office while still serving in Government.
Mangwana said civil servants should first resign from Government before participating in politics. Said Mangwana:
We have received grievances pertaining to the participation of civil servants in Zanu-PF primary elections. The position on civil servants participation is that one should first of all resign from employment, as a civil servant before contesting. We have been having this scenario for a long time but the party was not taking that seriously. I am one of the authors of the Constitution and cannot be seen allowing its violation. Zanu-PF constitution is subordinate to the country’s constitution and members should adhere to that. We do not expect a civil servant, say a teacher to be political and make his affiliation known to the pupils. There is a fear of bias.