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Mnangagwa is power hungry

2021-05-16 04:20:00 PM

Mnangagwa is power hungry

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is consolidating his grip on power through constitutional amendments that give him the power to appoint his deputies and top judges, as well as increase the number of nonparliamentary Cabinet ministers.

This, as well as other amendments to Zimbabwe’s Constitution – adopted after a referendum in 2013 – have attracted criticism of Mnangagwa and his administration.An application to challenge the amendments and Malaba’s reappointment was filed at the high court in Harare this week by the Young Lawyers’ Association of Zimbabwe and liberation war veteran Frederick Mutanda.

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It’s all about the personal love of power of Mnangagwa.Professor Lovemore MadhukuThe other amendments, which were officially gazetted earlier this month, include the dropping of a clause on running mates and elected vice-presidents.This was supposed to come into effect in 2023, when Zimbabwe holds its next election.

The new provisions also pave the way for extending nonparliamentary Cabinet appointments from five to seven.Innocent Chikoromu, a Harare-based political analyst, told City Press on Friday that the amendments were a setback for democracy and the country’s Constitution, which “tried to trim the powers of the president” despite maintaining the executive presidency.

“The consolidation of power for the president has become too much, because the top judges and the chief justice are now at [his] mercy,” said Chikoromu.“[These amendments aren’t] good for the judicial system of Zimbabwe, as we should have maintained the system of public interviews and age limits at 70. Right now, the serving judges and the chief justice aren’t supposed to benefit from these amendments in terms of the Constitution, but they already have.”

READ:Modidima Mannya | Zanu-PF abuses friendship with ANCThe 2013 Constitution had stipulated the clause on running mates to factor in elected deputies for the president, but this has been removed under the amendments. Mnangagwa will now essentially pick his deputies.

Some senior officials within the ruling Zanu-PF party say Mnangagwa is pre-empting a potential fall-out with his current deputy, the retired General Constantino Chiwenga, who they believe is angling to take over from him.Chiwenga played a key role in persuading Mugabe to give up power after the 2017 military coup.

The continually shrinking democratic space and the continued attacks on the rule of law are very worrying.Advocate Fadzayi MahereAt a media briefing on Wednesday, Zimbabwe constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku said that “it’s very clear that power is being concentrated not necessarily in the hands of an office”, but in the hands of Mnangagwa.

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“It’s all about the personal love of power of Mnangagwa,” said Madhuku. “With amendment number 2, he’s gone far beyond what former president Mugabe was doing in terms of loving power as a person.”Interestingly, the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai opposition party, which now excludes Nelson Chamisa and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance party, supported the passing of the amendments in the legislature.

The party has been criticised for playing politics from Mnangagwa’s corner.Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, spokesperson for the MDC Alliance, said the amendments were not good for democracy.“The amendments weaken state institutions that are supposed to check and balance the power of the executive. The continually shrinking democratic space and the continued attacks on the rule of law are very worrying. This is a dark period for Zimbabwe,” she said.

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Says who? A cunning EDiot True! Yohwe mbiri yatekeshera zvokwadi zhowezhowe He is in power already comon Who isn't? brown_gugu Who is not? That is the reason why MDC keeps splitting. MDC99, MDC-T, MDC-K, MDC-A. They're all POWER hungry!! He has the levers of power wena msorobhangu zhowezhowe Yes he is Mnangagwa Is in power already nje

rare_gis The other option is to do it Mandela style Be a king in pple's hearts Mandela was more popular than seating Presidents Fight for pple's rights uplift them from poverty by providing housing hospitals employment upholding the constitution whilst at the helm The rest will follow rare_gis The only way to hold the throne forever is to do it Mu7 style Make yo son army commander yo son in law prime minister yo uncle chairman of Zec Chief Justice father in law They will do the bidding for you if chips are down Otherwise youll wade off challenges yoself bt yu wont last

PlainHard He has it, he wants it forever🤭😂 zhowezhowe Amen PlainHard Mnangagwa is power-tripping Rubbish Really? thought he already has the power? zhowezhowe Chibaba icho he's breaking every record pasi pano ...power with no responsibility but clueless too Stupid newspaper

Mnangagwa is going to win 2023 elections whether you like it or not we have already mind our mind deal with your CR7 state capture please idiots. KenjieAtm Let's continue to humble ourselves before the Lord as we go down on our knees to say his name is above all other names in Heaven, on earth & under the earth. Phil 2:1that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,in heaven & on earth & under the earth Follow alfredmnyathi

zhowezhowe He has got power already. Power hungry? This man must be banned from SA. Zanu pf will rule forever. We can support Zanu pf but not support the politicians currently at the helm. We can take Zanu back to what it was in 1963. All African leaders seems to be power hungry. Same here Ramaphosa is purging potential opponents

Was he ever even a president What a useless headline?🤷🏽‍♂️ Stating the obvious....something we already know ... while ordinary Zimbabweans are really hungry

...and not a peep fro ME obsessed DIRCO_ZA. Weird. What a disappointment... really hoped that he'd change Zim for the better. He clearly is clueless... Just like Cereal And useles Sounds like any other African President nothing new here Very ZANU PF