MDC youth have dismissed as laughable, statements by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) to have the constitutional provision of the presidential age limit revised from 40 years to 52 years.
The MDC youth said such intentions are meant to disqualify their part President Nelson Chamisa from contesting in the 2023 elections.
Addressing the press, Wednesday, MDC National Youth Spokesperson Brian Dube said the move by warvets was undemocratic.
“It is thus very clear that they know that the People’s President Advocate Nelson Chamisa won the presidential election and they can’t stand the humiliation and fear another election so they would rather exclude him on disqualification,”
“We as the youth of the MDC see these statements as undemocratic, discriminatory, unprogressive and exclusionary tactics to silence the People’s President Advocate Chamisa and impede on the will of the Zimbabwean people,” said Dube.
He pointed out that the war veterans should not personalise the country.
“We would like to remind ZNLWVA and reiterate with great emphasis that this country is not a personal property of either Zanu PF or the War Veterans which they can take for granted at will.”
Dube highlighted that as youths, they will do whatever it takes to stop the progression of this proposal.
“We advise the War Veterans Association that we as the youth, the future of Zimbabwe, will do everything possible to fight the advancement of such a proposal from every front, be it political, social, constitutional or otherwise, to safeguard our democracy and the future of this country,” he said.
Section 91 of the country’s constitution stipulates that a person qualifies for election as president or vice-president if he or she is a Zimbabwean citizen by birth or descent; has attained the age of forty years; is ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe, and is registered as a voter.