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Mnangagwa may retire soon

by Staff reporter
25 May 2024 at 12:08hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has subtly indicated that he may soon retire from the presidency, rejecting calls from his supporters for an extension of his tenure beyond the constitutionally mandated two terms, which are set to end in 2028.

Despite pressure from Zanu-PF loyalists for Mnangagwa to seek another term, including moves to amend the constitution, the president hinted at his retirement during a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a new cricket stadium in Victoria Falls.

Speaking in Shona, Mnangagwa suggested that he might not seek further leadership beyond the constitutionally defined limits. He remarked, "When I look at this place, I envision establishing my own cattle business here after retirement to generate income from selling cattle in the butcheries that will be housed here."

Reports indicate that Zanu-PF, leveraging its two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, is advocating for constitutional amendments to prolong Mnangagwa's rule. This effort has gained momentum, particularly in Mnangagwa's political strongholds of Masvingo and Midlands, ahead of the upcoming Zanu-PF congress later this year.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), commemorating the Constitution's 11th anniversary, has denounced the proposed extension of Mnangagwa's presidency as unlawful. CiZC, in collaboration with pro-democracy groups, is mobilizing citizens to oppose illegal amendments and resist efforts to prolong Mnangagwa's stay in office, including reported attempts to postpone the 2028 elections.

Source - Byo24News