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ZANU PF Youths speak on Presidential age increase

by Mandla Ndlovu
07 Dec 2018 at 11:33hrs | Views
ZANU PF Youths have opened up on the proposed increase of the Presidential age from 40 to 52 years. The proposal was done by the War Veterans and they want ZANU PF to adopt it during the December Conference.

ZANU PF Youth League boss Pupurai Togarepi said, "I don't see anything wrong in proposing a position regarding age limits unless war veterans are not entitled to their opinion.

"Freedom of speech is a right to every Zimbabwean and that include individuals or groups. As regards to the view of the Youth League to the proposed age limit for Presidential hopefuls the Constitution of Zimbabwe guides us."

Togarepi said the issue will be dealt with in parliament by political parties if the need to review the change arises.

"I am sure you know who talked about age, upper and lower limits but these are reactions in politics. The Constitution has already provided for this issue. Should there be a real need for either of the views again political parties will decide in Parliament."

However, Youth League Commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu said he is personally against the idea of reviewing the age.

"Personally, I am against it. I will speak more at the rightful party platform but as for me this is not a priority. It's still a proposal that I am against."

Early this week the Secretary General of the War Veterans Godfrey Matemadanda announced that War Veterans have adopted a position to lobby ZANU PF to push for a constitutional review of the minimum age of presidential candidates from 40 to 52. The move has been widely condemned by Zimbabweans from all walks of life.




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