- “Mr President, you can go beyond 2028 if you so wish because the issue of law can be taken care of in Parliament,” Mpofu said.
The ruling Zanu-PF party has parliamentary majority and can use it to ensure that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not limited to the mandatory two five-year terms as Head of State and Government, the party’s secretary for administration has said.
Obert Mpofu disclosed the plan to tinker with the Constitution at the Zanu-PF Youth League convention in Kadoma last week, saying that the ruling party would take advantage of its two-thirds majority in Parliament to effect the constitutional changes.
“Mr President, you can go beyond 2028 if you so wish because the issue of law can be taken care of in Parliament,” Mpofu said.
When Mnangagwa took to the podium, he declared that nothing would stop his party from making such constitutional amendments.
“We can change the laws … there is nothing that we want that cannot be done because we command two-thirds majority in Parliament,” President Mnangagwa said.
But social commentator Rejoice Ngwenya warned that such a move would be “unacceptable and immoral” even within Zanu-PF.
“I don’t think there is even going to be a consensus within Zanu PF for any possible amendment of the Constitution because there are simmering elements from G40 in Zanu PF… it’s a big mistake because Mnangagwa’s legitimacy is under debate. It’s a populist stance which is immoral and unacceptable,” Ngwenya said.