ZANU PF youths league deputy president, Lewis Matutu, has distanced his party from utterances that were made by the War Veterans early this week. War Veterans Association secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, said that Parliament should amend the constitution so that Presidential aspirants should be above the age of 52, mature enough to run the country. The current minimum age is 40 years.
In an interview with the Daily News, Matutu said
We believe that the correct position comes from the party (Zanu PF) … and the truth of the matter is that there is nothing like that from the party. Party issues are communicated by SK (Simon Khaya) Moyo.
We respect the war veterans association … but it doesn’t mean that we must agree with all they believe in. Youths constitute the largest percentage of the population and this is also the largest age group of people who vote and you cannot tell them not to participate in the country’s politics.
Constitutional law expert, Alex Magaisa warned that such utterances have the potential to harm President Mnangagwa’s chances of endearing him to the world. He said
How does anyone in his right mind even begin to contemplate this without seeing the damage it causes to their own principal? So now you want to bar an opponent through a constitutional amendment?
Isn’t it for the people to reject a candidate if they don’t like him or her? It does nothing to help the cause of a man who is desperate to be seen as open and tolerant. It’s a silly, immature and hare-brained idea.
Dr. Alex T. Magaisa is a lawyer in Zimbabwe, lecturer of law in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwean political strategist, and blogger. He currently lives in the UK. Magaisa is known for his political and social commentary work on issues affecting Zimbabwe and has been a... Read More About Alex Magaisa
Lewis Matutu is a Zimbabwean politician and Zanu-PF's secretary for Youth. Matutu distanced his party from utterances that were made by the War Veterans with regards to the Presidential Age Limit Proposal. Read More About Lewis Matutu
Victor Matemadanda is a Zimbabwean liberation War veteran and politician. He is the current Deputy Minister for War Veterans. Matemadanda is the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). Matemadanda is a member of Zanu-PF and he is part of the... Read More About Victor Matemadanda