Presidential candidature not on agenda – Mnangagwa

Zanu (PF)'s Secretary of Legal Affairs, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has said the selection of the party's presidential candidate is not on the agenda for the December congress.

├é┬áPolitical analysts argue that if Mnangagwa’s words are to be seriously considered, the incumbent party president, Robert Mugabe, will stand as the party’s president without an election in the party.

“Zanu (PF)’s extraordinary congress scheduled for December will discuss the synchronisation of presidential, parliamentary and council elections, ratification of the polls and the farm mechanisation programme,” Mnangagwa confirmed at a press briefing at the close of the party’s Central Committee meeting in Harare on Sunday.

The once-presidential hopeful, whose legitimacy came into question after he was linked to the coup plot earlier this year, was flanked by secretary for information and publicity, Nathan Shamuyarira and his deputy, Ephraim Masawi.

He said the first item on the agenda would be the harmonisation of presidential, parliamentary and council elections; the second would be the ratification of the harmonised polls that seek to shorten the presidential term of office from the current six years to five years, and bringing forward the parliamentary tenure from 2010 to 2008; and the third was the question of agricultural mechanisation and the preparedness of the nation for the coming season. – Own correspondent

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