Alex Tawanda Magaisa a law lecturer in the UK and also a former advisor to the founding father of the opposition MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, has opined that the ruling ZANU PF is legally allowed to amend the constitution since it has a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
His remarks come when the ZANU PF’s proposal to amend the 2013 Constitution has raised eyebrows and has also infuriated opposition parties and human rights defenders who are of the view that amendments are taking Zimbabwe aback as far as democracy is concerned.
But Magaisa said that despite the intentions and the consequences of the proposed amendments, ZANU PF can still amend the constitution. He said:
Therefore, as far as ZANU PF is concerned, it is perfectly entitled to amend the constitution because it has the numerical authority to do so. For them, procedural legality is a good enough reason to carry out the amendments. The problem is that procedural legality is unconcerned with the quality of amendments.
Among other issues, the proposed amendments seek to remove the Presidential running mate clause which NCA president, and Constitutional law expert, Professor Lovemore Madhuku said is dangerous to a sitting president.
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