Zanu-PF To Impose Max Age Restriction of 45 For 2018 Elections

Zanu-PF political commissar Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje is reported to be instituting reforms in order to increase the popularity of the party. Some of the reforms include setting a maximum age limit of 45 years of age for prospective parliamentarians. Those above 45 years of age will only be allowed to contest the election if they are technocrats. Sources who spoke to the weekly newspaper the Zimbabwe Independent said:

Rugeje said Zanu PF’s focus is on encouraging those who are 45 years and below to contest in the primary elections so that they become legislators.

Only those above 45 years that would be acceptable candidates must be people who can offer specialist services. In other words, if you are above 45, you must be a technocrat.

Rugeje told party officials in Masvingo:

I have no interest in your constituencies. President Mnangagwa employed me to mobilise supporters for the party and I will do that. I am now employed full time by the party, so my everyday job is to make sure Zanu PF is gaining popularity.

More: The Independent

George Weah invites Arsene Wenger to inauguration as president of Liberia

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he has been invited by the new Liberia president George Weah to his inauguration later this month.

By Stanley Kwenda

Wenger was Weah’s manager at French side Monaco between 1988 and 1992 but he is not sure he will able to attend.

“I have been invited by George to come to the day where he will be the President,” he said.

“I believe I will be busy but if I am suspended (for his comments on referees) I will have time to go.”

Wenger is facing a Football Association disciplinary hearing for various comments he made about referees in recent weeks.

The Arsenal boss admits he still finds it hard to believe what Weah has achieved.

“The life of this guy is a real film. It is unbelievable. It can make a fantastic film,” said an excited Wenger.

“I remember when I saw him the first time at Monaco, coming in a bit lost, not knowing anybody, not being rated by anybody as a player and becoming the best player in the world in 1995 and today becoming the president of his country.

Wenger also recalled the passion and love Weah had for Liberia.

“I went with George during the period when there was war in Liberia and I have seen how much he suffered for his country,” Wenger added.

“That was the thing which was continuous in his country, the love for his country and for his people.

“Today when I look back I see him crying when war was on in Liberia so it’s a happy story.

“I wish he has a happy presidency and I would like to say this guy is an example for everybody who plays football today.”

Weah won a presidential run off poll last month beating Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote.

He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president.-BBC

BREAKING NEWS: President Mnangagwa Visiting Opposition Leader Tsvangirai At His House

President ED Mnangagwa this morning visited opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at his Highlands residence in Harare. More Details to follow.

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L, front) congratulates new Minister of Defeance Emmerson Mnangagwa (R, Up) as Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (Down, C) looks on at the State House in Harare on February 13, 2009. The defence portfolio went to Mnangagwa, seen as the president’s right hand, who earned notoriety as the head of state security in the 1980s, when a North Korean-trained army brigade allegedly massacred up to 20,000 suspected dissidents from the minority Ndebele people. His swearing in along with other members of the cabinet in a new national unity government came shortly after fellow ministerial candidate Roy Bennett was arrested. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)