Veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation war want the country’s constitution amended to raise the age limit for presidential candidates in a move seen as an attempt to block popular opposition leader Nelson Chamisa from challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2023.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, that his organisation is going to force the ruling ZANU PF to amend the supreme law so that aspiring presidential candidates will have to be at least 52 years old.
The current age limit is 40 years. “This will make sure that anyone who contests for presidency is mature enough to run the country,” Matemadanda told journalists in Harare.
The move is seen as a plot by the ZANU PF-aligned group to bar 40-year-old Chamisa from contesting in the next presidential poll in five years’ time.
Chamisa claimed that he was robbed of victory after beating Mnangagwa in the last polls held in July this year. He alleged that ZANU PF connived with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to alter the final outcome of the elections.