Mugabe 'not going anywhere'
Cape Town – Zimbabwe's War Veterans leader, Jabulani Sibanda has said that the Movement for Democratic Change and some Zanu-PF members who want to block President Robert Mugabe from contesting the country's next elections using the new constitution are wasting their time, as "he is not going anywhere", Radio VOP reported on Monday.
According to the report, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) leader Jabulani Sibanda said "nobody inside or outside Zanu-PF" could stop Mugabe from contesting the elections.
"The President Mugabe is not going anywhere, and I tell you no-one within the party or outside will stop him from contesting next elections; we are in a struggle and in every struggle there are counter-revolutionaries," said Sibanda.
"As war veterans we are watching that draft constitutional making process closely and we also are waiting patiently to see what it comes out with,”.
Zanu-PF is currently at loggerheads with Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) after a clause which could block Mugabe from contesting next elections was included in the first constitutional draft.
The clause that has got Mugabe and his loyalists running scared reads: "A person is disqualified for election as President if he or she has already held office for one or more periods, whether continuous or not, amounting to 10 years."
If adopted, the clause would block Mugabe, who turns 88 this week and has ruled the country since independence in 1980, from running again.