Civil Society organisation, Church and Civic Society Joint Forum says that the minimum Presidential age limit should come down from the current 40 years to 35 years.
The remark followed utterances made by War Veterans leader Victor Matemadanda who said that Parliament should consider raising the Presidential age limit from 40 to 52 years. This has been seen as a subtle way of blocking MDC leader Nelson Chamisa from contesting the 2023 and 2028 elections.
Church and Civic society Joint Forum National Chairperson Anglistone Sibanda condemned the War Veterans’ calls. Sibanda said
We are actually launching a counter-petition through the Constitutional Court to review the age limit down to 35 years, because we feel the Constitution gives the right to vote to everyone and on the other hand takes away the right to be voted for from people below 40, in its current state.
We have people over 35 years who do not qualify to be youths and yet do not qualify to be senators or contest the presidency, and that is an anomaly.
We cannot have the minority age group deciding for the majority. Youth are 64% of the population and war vets must just go and retire. People like Matemadanda failed to utilise the $50 000 gratuity payout they got in 1997, and they want to hold the country at ransom.