Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said ZANU PF can use its parliamentary majority to railroad constitutional amendments and declare its leader Emmerson Mnangagwa President-for-life.
Chiwenga said this while addressing party supporters after Mnangagwa launched a civil servants’ housing scheme in Beitbridge on Wednesday.
Notwithstanding reports that he harbours ambitions to succeed his boss, Chiwenga warned that if civic groups, opposition parties and their alleged foreign handlers continue making unnecessary demands, ZANU PF will declare Mnangagwa President-for-life. Said Chiwenga:
You have heard the chairperson (Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri) saying that last month in October we held the national people’s conference that was chaired by the chairperson and all provinces including yours endorsed him.
You said you wanted Shumba, Murambwi, President Mnangagwa, a competent leader, a leader who will be our candidate in the 2023 elections, so that he can achieve his vision 2030.
His detractors have been defeated and are now saying this and that. ZANU PF will rule forever and if they dare (the naysayers), we will amend the law that we want (President Emerson Mnangagwa) forever.
This comes after ZANU PF, using its parliamentary majority, passed the Zimbabwe Constitutional Amendment Bill (Number 2) in May.
The law scraps the running mate clause in the supreme law and gives the President power to appoint judges.
Chiwenga’s declaration was, however, also interpreted as an attempt to exonerate himself from accusations that he is trying to topple the ZANU PF leader.