Bulawayo-The MDC-Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa has responded to the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association Victor Matemadanda’s call for a constitutional amendment for raising the presidential age limit from 40 to 52 years.
Addressing journalists in Harare last week, Matemadanda said that all presidential candidates should be mature enough to “fully grasp the gravity of what it means to run a country.”
MDC youth assembly in Bulawayo and Harare, respectively hit back at the war veteran saying his statements are targeted at blocking Chamisa from contesting the next presidential election.
“The veterans of war played their part, and in the year 2000 they got $50 000 packages and other benefits as a token of appreciation for their service and sacrifices. We are not at war now, and the trajectory now is set by politicians, sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, not war veterans.
“No one owns this country, and no one detects how it shall be led. Matemadanda must be warned, our fathers and forefathers fought for democracy, and we the beneficiaries of it. We refuse to be colonised by those who claim to have liberated us. The same warning goes to Chinotimba and like-minded people who see this rainbow nation as their project,” said MDC Youth assembly Deputy Secretary, Takunda Madzana in Bulawayo.
Pashor Sibanda, MDC secretary for education added the MDC was also fighting for the ambitious youths within the ranks of ZANU PF who will be indirectly affected if the presidential age was raised.
“The issue is not only an MDC fight but it affects every young person in the country including those within ZANU PF. This country needs a youthful leadership and not only are they trying to block President Chamisa but they are also doing the same to their own,” he said.
Section 91 of Zimbabwe’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.