We Don’t Respect Law : Zanu PF
23 June 2024
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By A Correspondent

In a bold declaration that has sparked controversy and concern within Zimbabwean political circles, Zanu PF Youth League Political Commissar Taurai Kandishaya recently asserted that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will extend his stay in office beyond the constitutionally mandated term limit of 2028.

This announcement has reignited debates over constitutional adherence and the consolidation of power within the ruling party.

Kandishaya, a prominent figure within the Zanu PF Youth League, minced no words when he stated, “The law is not an issue if Zimbabweans want ED to stay. Zanu PF Youth League wants the President to stay.” This statement underscores a direct challenge to Zimbabwe’s constitution, which clearly outlines a two-term limit for presidents.

President Mnangagwa, who took office in 2017 following a military intervention that ousted long-time leader Robert Mugabe, is currently serving his first elected term.

His presidency has been marked by efforts to stabilize the economy and attract foreign investment, amidst ongoing political tensions and accusations of human rights abuses.

Despite constitutional provisions intended to safeguard against indefinite presidential terms, Kandishaya’s remarks suggest a growing sentiment within the Zanu PF Youth League that Mnangagwa should continue leading the country well beyond his current tenure.

This sentiment aligns with broader support for Mnangagwa within certain segments of Zimbabwean society, particularly among those who credit him with efforts to reform and revitalize the economy.

However, critics argue that any attempt to extend Mnangagwa’s presidency beyond 2028 would undermine the rule of law and democratic principles in Zimbabwe.

Political analysts warn that circumventing constitutional limits could lead to increased political instability and undermine Zimbabwe’s international standing.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other regional bodies have historically emphasized the importance of constitutionalism and adherence to electoral mandates among member states.

In response to Kandishaya’s comments, opposition leaders and civil society organizations have voiced strong objections, calling for respect of constitutional norms and the rule of law.

They argue that any move to extend presidential terms would set a dangerous precedent and erode democratic gains made since the transition from Robert Mugabe’s authoritarian rule.

For now, the declaration by Taurai Kandishaya reflects a significant political stance within the Zanu PF Youth League, indicating potential future challenges to Zimbabwe’s constitutional order.

Whether Mnangagwa will indeed seek to extend his presidency remains uncertain, but the debate over term limits has once again thrust Zimbabwe’s political future into the spotlight, both domestically and abroad.