ZANU-PF youth have vowed to resist any move to raise the presidential age limit for participants from the current 40, describing the proposal as "selfish, malicious," and potentially self-defeating, "NewZimbabwe.com reported.
"We will take charge of the alleged proposal to raise the presidential age," said Zanu-PF political commissioner Godfrey Tsenengamu of the youth league in an interview.
"Why punish innocent generations, his alien from Zanu-PF and it will not see the light of day."
Constitutionally, anyone of 40 years and older can become president, but some government party officials have called for the limit to be increased.
Senior party officials such as Joseph Chinotimba and Lovemore Matuke have already indicated that the ruling party could use its parliamentary majority to enforce the necessary constitutional amendment.
"We will oppose such attempts to change the constitution, such a move is selfish for an innocent generation," he said.
"As a youth, we voted President Emmerson Mnangagwa despite the fact that he is well over 40. We did not vote for the age, but for a progressive leader."
He added; "We will still vote for him (Mnangagwa) in 2023, so why waste time on an amendment that is not necessary?
"Imagine a situation, even in the very distant future, when there will be a popular candidate under the proposed age limit, and perhaps within the party, and not with the two-thirds majority in parliament every 40 years to bring back. "