MDC-T's Chamisa speaks on ZEC


MDC-T's Chamisa speaks on ZEC

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 19, 2018


    Charity Ruzvidzo

    Acting MDC president Advocate Nelson Chamisa has urged the new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson to foster transparency as the country heads towards elections in a few months’ time.

    Addressing journalists Wednesday at the party headquarters in Harare, Adv Chamisa said the recently appointed ZEC chairperson, Justice Priscilla Makanyara Chigumba, who replaced Justice Rita Makarau after her resignation last year, has a mandate to ensure free and fair elections in the country.

    “We are waiting to see how the ZEC chairperson is going to handle the office because this is a very important office. We do not except bias, we do not except favouritism, lack of independence and lack of professionalism,” he said.

    The MDC-T co-vice president said his party has engaged ZEC to ascertain that transparency takes place.

    “I’m glad to say our secretary-general and the secretary for elections have already engaged ZEC and they have articulated our concerns around ZEC, particularly the ZEC secretariat.

    “We need a proper audit of the ZEC secretariat, some of the people who are there are spooks and they have dubious credentials. We know that they have been working with this government to undermine free and fair elections,” he said.

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently marked 100 days in office.

    Political analysts have described his first 100 days in office as a turning point for the country stating that he has managed to implement numerous developmental policies.

    Adv Chamisa has, however, described the 100 days as a failure.

    “As far as we are concerned the 100 days have been full of disappointments, misses, under performance and failure to deliver in terms of expectations of the people. The end of the Mugabe era was not an end of a man it was supposed to be an end of a system of corruption, marginalisation, exclusivity in terms of how we govern our politics,” said Adv Chamisa.

    He also urged President Mnangagwa to allow foreign observers in the country during the election period.

    Adv Chamisa said MDC-T has begun its campaigns nationwide.

    “We have already begun our campaign in the rural areas and we are going to have an official launch soon and we are also going to launch our new Zimbabwe blueprint which is our policy document,” said Adv Chamisa.

    The MDC-T is currently grappling with inter-party wars as co-vice presidents Dr Thokozani Khupe and Engineer Elias Mudzuri have been boycotting party meetings convened by Adv Chamisa.

    Dr Khupe and Engineer Mudzuri are arguing with Adv Chamisa’s proclamation that he was appointed acting party president by the late former MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai.

    Dr Khuppe claims she is the rightful party acting president as per the MDC-T constitution.


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