Court blocks NGO from analysing voters’ roll

THE High Court yesterday blocked the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) from launching its detailed analysis of the voters’ roll following an interdict application by Registrar- General Tobaiwa Mudede to stop the move.


RAU director Kudakwashe Chitsike yesterday told journalists during a media briefing that his organisation was considering filing opposing papers to challenge the interdict.

“RAU has had to cancel the launch of this report because the Registrar-General at 8:17am left an interdict at our offices from the High Court to stop the event from going ahead at the Crowne Plaza (Hotel) the chosen venue, who (the hotel) were cited as the second respondents and were served at 8:30am,” Chitsike said.

“RAU wishes to clarify that it never intended to launch a voters’ roll, but was going to launch an analysis done on the voters roll.”

The provisional order was granted by Justice Joseph Martin Mafusire.

Chitsike said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had been made aware of RAU’s audit, adding the electoral body had even acknowledged receipt of the preliminary report.

“RAU also finds it unprocedural and an abuse of the justice system and court process the fact that we were not served with the application when it was filed with the High Court and that we only received it at the same time as the order for an interdict was delivered to RAU,” Chitsike said.

Chitsike said she suspected that Mudede’s application could have been triggered by several electoral irregularities cited in the report.

“We found that there are more people in 63 constituencies on the voters’ roll and that there are over two million unregistered voters between ages 18 to 19 years. Those are irregularities that need to be sorted out before elections,” she said.

Addressing journalists at RAU offices in Harare, Chitsike said Mudede had relied on an article published by NewsDay which stated that RAU intended to launch a full voters’ roll. When it was put to her that the NewsDay story was based on an invite sent to all media houses, Chitsike later apologised for wrongly accusing the newspaper.

“I have confirmed with the person responsible for sending the invitation that it was indeed misleading as it stated we were launching the voters’ roll as opposed to the launch of an audit of the voters’ roll.

“I, therefore, apologise unreservedly for stating that you (NewsDay) erroneously published misleading information in yesterday’s (Tuesday) paper as the mistake was clearly on our part,” Chitsike said in a letter to NewsDay Editor-in-Chief Vincent Kahiya.

16 Responses to Court blocks NGO from analysing voters’ roll

  1. reason July 18, 2013 at 9:05 am #


  2. ziso July 18, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Why need some NGO, some third party.

    What we need are MDC, MDCT, ZANUPF combing through that roll TOGETHER.

    With no food, just water and to be allowed out when everything has been resolved.

    Ma NGO what what we dont need them. Good that they were blocked!

  3. bob July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    something to hide mudede hey.

  4. wamaromo July 18, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Chii chinbotyisa kuti vaone voter’s rollmurikutyeiko nhai vaMudede. Kutya chati kwata hunge uine katurike. I don’t see anything wrong at analysing the voters’ roll ini hangu. Atre they not citizens of this country?

  5. Reader July 18, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Tobaiwa United

  6. obama4eva July 18, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Transparency inodiwa, ko kutarisa voter’s roll kwakaipei nhai mudede? Hutsotsi nemusoro usingafunge zvinopa basa kumuviri. Mudede wagarisawo futi ngaachizorora purizi.

    • Falcon July 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      @Hutsotsi nemusoro usingafunge zvinopa basa kumuviri”- Oh, Boy! I have to take my hat off, you have a gifted hand, a rare way with words… Reading your posts is a never dull moment! Keep it all up!

      • Falcon July 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

        @Obama- Oh by the way are you in advertising working as a copy man or an allied vocation…you are that good!

  7. EARTHQUAKE31JULY July 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Tobaiwa arikucha kubaiwa ne chokwadi ne NGO iyianzwa chati KWATARA pane chaakabata, this ZANUPF registrar and ZANUPF HIGH COURT ka. everyone come out musi wa 31 july tiendese ana: ROBERT, GODFREY, GEORGE, JOHANNES, AUGASTINE, CONSTATINE ,HAPPYTON na PARADZAI pa mudyandigere.
    DZIVA bhora ririkungotambiara mu18 area rasiya mazai hobho.

  8. Ever July 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    We dont need ma NGOs to tell us what to do nema elections. Who is sponsoring them?? They are under a mandate from their masters which is of no benefit to the ordinary Zimbabwean. Let the true Zimbabweans deal with their issues and not some puppets. Ndimi munomhanya calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe vanhu vogo suffer. Whatever outcome yema elections,let it be so kwete kuda kutanga kuti vanhu vatambure zvakare. In fact, you should be banned bcoz u are of no help to the country.

  9. FreedomZimbabwe July 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    this is a miscarriage of justice

  10. chabvondoka July 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Fear not Mudede, for, the analysis on the voters’ role only and not on yourself. The analysers, Chitsike, are only going to satisfy the minds of many with the truth that needs to be done on the role. Even if you will say it is too late now to correct the mistakes, that can still be a very food reply when it comes out of your deceitful character. People will know how to handle the position to prevent intellectual breakdowns.

  11. hero July 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Democracy in Zimbabwe will not be realised without a mighty struggle. Our agenda should not focus on “Mugabe must go!! Mugabe must go” rhetoric only. Yes, a fish rots from the head; but our struggle for total emancipation should focus on the whole decaying system. A system which has brought so much suffering to Zimbabweans. A system which has nurtured corruption, chicanery, cronyism, nepotism and politics of patronage. A system which disrespects the rule of law and disregards constitutionalism. A system which has banished state welfare to the dustbins of history and devours its own children. A system which has raped our judiciary and adulterated our electoral system.
    It defies logic that we allow an 89 year old geriatric to run the affairs of our state. Why? The Army Generals and Zanu-PF hardliners in Zimbabwe puts democracy in jeopardy. A military coup does not have to be bloody and violent. Zanu-PF hard liners are holding their Dear Leader, The Revolutionary, His Excellency, The Revered, and The Gallant Fighter Comrade RGM by the throat. The man is old, poorly and tired. Zanu-PF hard liners cannot let him rest. They are holding him at ransom for their own greedy and good.
    The democracy we are seeking after in Zimbabwe is one that allows extensive representation and inclusiveness of as many Zimbabweans and views as possible. In a nutshell, we are seeking for a democracy, which is a form of governance by the people, for all the people; not by Zanu-PF, for Zanu-PF cronies.
    Zimbabwe is a country under covert siege. Zimbabwe is a state dominated by the Central Intelligence Organisation. The mere mention of the name CIO will send shivers along the spines of many Zimbabweans. The use of fear alone undermines democracy. Our struggle is not against Mugabe only. We will never get out of the woods until the offshoots, cronies and figures affiliated to Mugabe are removed, re-educated and the whole system cleansed.
    We will never have democracy in Zimbabwe, until we have free and fair elections; electoral reforms implemented and adhered to. When elected institutions are denied their right to govern the outcome is usually hostile to democracy. Outright dictatorship, military dominated politics or civil war may ensue.

    We have to remember that the cronies are still hoping to create a system of carefully crafted “democratic” institutions that will preserve their absolute power, their status quo, and reduces the chances of any single political group taking over.

    The cronies will endeavour to stay in power so as to protect their ill-gotten wealth.
    Mugabe and his cronies are also living in fear. Fear of reprisals from friends and relatives of their victims. They cannot easily relinquish power and quietly retire to their farms. They very well know that once they are out of power, they become vulnerable. Many a people have been tortured, disappeared without trace and others mysteriously died. They are scared of reprisals from the general populace. A few thousand Zanu-PF hardliners are holding 13 million Zimbabweans at ransom.
    Had Mugabe retired in the early 1990s, we could be hailing him as one of the greatest statesman to come out of Africa. We cannot dispute the fact that, among others, he pioneered our Chimurenga (Liberation) struggle and brought political independence to the black Zimbabweans. We also cannot deny the fact that the land in Zimbabwe had to be given back to its rightful owners.
    However, we cannot dispute the fact that this Mugabe government has destroyed what was once the breadbasket of Africa to a case study of Africa. A once vibrant economy, a robust education and health system is all gone. What do we expect Mugabe to do which he has failed to achieve in 33 plus years at the helm of power?
    Gullible Zimbabweans are an amazing people. Their resilience knows no boundaries. Faced with adversity, the abnormal becomes the norm and is tolerated. For instance, the following is accepted as normal – Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina, a run-away inflation, short and long sleeve tortures, a geriatric President, open sewers in towns, perennial power black outs, drying water taps, potholed roads, government induced abject poverty, exploitation of man by man, the rich (cronies) getting richer and the poor (povo) getting poorer, a partisan security forces, corruption, etc.
    Like parasitic arachnids (ticks) that attach themselves to the skin of a terrestrial vertebrate from which they suck, the Zanu-PF hard liners will not stop sucking the blood out of Zimbabwe; one has to decapitate them to free the host (Zimbabwe) from their parasitic self-indulgence. Like a fly, they will follow a corpse into the grave and they are determined to follow Mugabe all the way. Without Mugabe they are nonentities and they know it. They will not give up. Absolute power corrupts. They are the semi-gods of Zimbabwe and cannot envisage living without the trappings of the riches. Their time is nigh. The struggle continues unabated.

  12. george bachinche July 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Who are these self appointed arbiters of our governance systems?
    We have a multi party system. As such MDCs or other partied can analyse the voters roll themselves.

    Is there any wonder we are crying poverty? Able bodied men and women channeling their energies to non productive courses. The voters roll might be flawed but will that increase the amount of grain in the country?

    • Falcon July 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      @George- should we also be talking about the price of rice in China..? Please get on board we are talking ABOUT a dirty voters roll that needs cleaning with Jik with a lot more jik! Get it?

  13. mr t July 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Lol..y are they scared fr it to be published

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