PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his two vice-presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, are holding their Zanu PF positions illegally as they were unprocedurally put in positions in violation of the Zanu PF constitution, a leading lawyer and researcher says.
Derek Matyszak, a lawyer and senior researcher at the Research and Advocacy Unit in Harare, says the Zanu PF amendments, which brought in Mugabe and his deputies, were not valid.
Mugabe was controversially re-elected Zanu PF president and first secretary at the party’s divisive congress in December last year, which also amended the constitution to empower him to appoint his deputies. This followed recommendations by the politburo which were then adopted by the central committee during congress before ratification by congress.
The amendments were supposed to have passed through the secretary for adminstration’s office, then headed by Didymus Mutasa, but former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said this week he knows for a fact that they did not go through the right offices and procedure.
Gumbo said the violation of procedures as outlined in the party constitution was one of the reasons why a group calling itself the “original and real Zanu PF” was preparing a court challenge on the flawed congress and its resolutions.
Before the amendments, members of the presidium, namely the president, two deputy presidents and the national chairperson, were elected upon nomination by at least six provinces in line with Article VII, Section 32 of the Zanu PF constitution.
According to Matyszak, the