In another constitution amendment brawl, Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF plans to amend its party constitution to allegedly accommodate Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace as the country’s next vice president.
The move angered the party youths who divided themselves into smaller factions within the party showing support for different candidates.
Apart from reaffirming Robert Mugabe’s position as the party’s sole presidential candidate in the 2018 elections, the party wanted to have the constitution amended to set aside a vice presidential slot to women. Stated provincial leaders.
An action that leaves the leadership of Zimbabwe in the sole hands of the Mugabe family, if Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe win the elections. After Mugabe has been president since 1987 and prime mister 7 years prior to then (1980-1987).
The divided party’s plan to reserve a vice presidential slot for women, particularly Grace angered the youths because women have been inclusive in party politics in previous time and a woman was once the vice president of the country.
Until accusations labelled against her, which cost her the vice-presidential seat, Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014.
One of the aggrieved party camps calls itself “Team Lacoste” is said to be linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, while another faction made up of Young Turks trading by the name Generation 40 is linked to Grace.
The chairperson of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in Bulawayo, Caphas Ncube, said the war veterans were not against the proposed extraordinary conference, but were against the continuous “changing of the party’s constitution to suit personal and individual interests, we would defend the revolution we fought for “.
The extra ordinary congress which was moved two years ahead to December 2017, however, both Mnangagwa and the First Lady have publicly denied harboring presidential ambitions.