ED pushes for constitutional changes
By Chengeto Chidi
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is pushing for a number of constitutional amendments less that 10 years after the country voted for a new constitution in what critics have said are power play moves.
Speaking at the Zanu PF youth league national youth assembly, President Mnangagwa said his party was pushing to strike off the running mate clause in the constitution.
“We want the clause that requires a presidential candidate to name a running mate before general elections to be removed, it is not found anywhere in Africa. It was a contentious issue during the constitution making process and we parked it for ten years and those ten years expired in 2023, so we want it removed,” he said.
Zanu PF is already putting forward President Mnangagwa as its 2023 presidential candidate with their slogan “2023 ED Pfee”.
President Mnangagwa said his government is also pushing to add ten more National Assembly seats for the youth.
The constitutional amendment will bring the number of parliamentary seats to 280, with 210 being contested, 60 allocated to women on proportional representation, while 10 will be added for the youth.
Other constitutional amendments which cabinet has already approved and pushing to have implemented include having the Prosecutor General being solely appointed by the President.
MDC has slammed the amendments saying they are retrogressive and selfish because they seek to cure problems in Zanu PF.