. . . as Zanu PF roots for longer presidential term for Mugabe


President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party is pushing for a clause in the country’s new constitution that will effectively guarantee the veteran ruler more time in office.
The proposals would also see President Mugabe regaining his sweeping powers clipped by a constitutional amendment underpinning Harare’s unity government.
Zanu PF will be vigorously campaigning for the position during the programme to gather people’s views on the new constitution, which got off to a chaotic start on Wednesday.
The party also wants the post of Prime Minister, held by President Mugabe’s rival and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, scrapped.
President Mugabe (86) who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, had indicated his willingness to contest the forthcoming elections once the new constitution was adopted.
If Zanu PF has its way, the new constitution would limit the terms a president can serve to two, but the limitation would only come into force after its implementation.
This would pave the way for President Mugabe to have another shot at the presidency despite his advanced age.
Zanu PF in its 95-page position paper also urges its supporters to reject any form of power-sharing in the new constitution.
President Mugabe and Tsvangirai’s unity government formed last year, has failed to meet expectations because of continuous internal wrangles.
–Africa Review