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(President Emmerson) Mnangagwa is lifting restrictions in other areas, but not in elections. But the legality of this Statutory Instrument is doubtful By Rejoice Ngwenya In the last thesis, I opined on pursuing the Constitution’s learned position on the magnitude of President Mnangagwa’s executive powers after dissolution of Parliament and electoral date proclamation. This is because there is a multitude of myths, fallacies and misconceptions on how incumbent presidents in this part of the world determine the trajectory of elections. Here are the facts: it is true that President Mnangagwa – with the ‘consultation’ of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) - technically decides when elections can be held, but this has to be within specified constitutional provisions. It is also true that he plays a significant role in the appointment of ZEC commissioners; and that ZEC must not be under the influence of anyone – including the one who appoints commissioners. The footnote to this is that ‘appointment’ is not synonymous with ‘control’.