Mugabe 'in serious ousting threat'
Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has summoned his party's co-chairperson to the country’s Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) reportedly to explain how a controversial clause that could bar him from contesting the next election passed through a first draft that has just been made public, Daily News reported on Wednesday.
Section 6.4.2 of the draft disqualifies from standing in presidential elections, any person who has already held the office for 10 years, meaning that Mugabe cannot contest the next polls.
The report said the 87-year-old veteran leader has decided to tackle matters on his own as it emerged that he might be fighting a bigger war for survival as fellow Zanu-PF party members intensify a plot to oust him.
“To get to the bottom of the matter, Mugabe yesterday summoned Copac co-chair Paul Mangwana to report on the controversial retirement clause and other issues such as homosexuality and the land which have torn his party apart”, the report said.
Meanwhile, SW Radio Africa quoted the regional director for Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition as saying that Mugabe was facing serious resistance from within his Zanu-PF party not to contest the next general election.
According to the report, Dewa Mavhinga, said several attempts to stop the ageing Mugabe from contesting had failed in the past and as a result, people in his party were using other routes to try and stop him.
He argued that Zanu-PF had strong representation in Copac but its members did not stop this clause from being included in the first draft.
“It’s a shrewd move by people who have run out of options on how to contain Mugabe on the way of democratically barring him from running again for the presidency. It maybe Zanu-PF elements calling out for help that through a constitutional amendment Mugabe may be stopped from contesting the next election,’ Mavhinga said.