Give reasons for Makarau resignation: ERC

THE government must publicise the reasons why former Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Rita Makarau left office in a huff following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, independent electoral watchdog Elections Resources Centre (ERC) has said.


ERC chairperson Trust Maanda, a respected human rights lawyer, said the secrecy around Makarau’s resignation feeds perceptions and rumours on why she left in a huff and this needed to be cleared to ensure that Zec’s independence is not only perceived but real.

“We need to know that she resigned either because there was conflict of interest with her other appointments or she decided on professional grounds or her own personal reasons so we know that that office was vacated properly and it is going to be filled in properly. If somebody is removed unlawfully, obviously the person who will come to fill that office might be perceived as having been imposed. That information will allay any perceptions that she was forced out,” Maanda said.

The resignation of Makarau, who was also a key figure in the fight to block Prosecutor-General Ray Goba from taking his post in government as factional fights became pronounced, has become a sticking point on the independence of Zec.

Highly-placed sources said Makarau, who is also the Judicial Service Commssion (JSC) secretary, was a member of the G40 faction in Zanu PF and was forced out of the electoral management commission after her faction was deposed.

She has, however, remained mum on the reasons why she quit a job she was adamant not to leave even after the opposition MDC-T called on her to step down on the basis that her job as a judge and secretary of the JSC compromised her.

Maanda also called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to move with speed to appoint a new chairperson for the commission saying as it stood, Zec was improperly constituted.

Currently, Emmanuel Magade, a vastly experienced lawyer and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, who qualifies to be appointed chairperson, is the acting chairperson of the commission.

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  1. Makarau was a staunch supporter of Mugabe.


  2. If you want reasons for for resignation go and ask her. Why should you demand reasons from the GVT when the applicant is there. It seems you are only begging for relevance. You pressure groups have double standards. When Makarau was in office you campaigned against her holding the office now she resigned you cry foul again. We are tired of you lazy people who thrive on donour funds by selling falsehoods. It was time for her to leave so she did the right thing by leaving. She is a wise senior lawyer.

    1. Senior lawyer yes, wise? She always used the phrase “appointing authority” as if referring to some deity when meaning RGM , not much wisdom or foresight there if you ask me.

  3. Spot on Nyamututa.They always try to oppose everything. Thinking reader don’t notice. We aren’t daft.

  4. Blessed Mugwagwa

    Meanwhile we’re installing Chief Samambwa here in Zhombe. The country is indeed moving foward.

  5. KKKKK! where is the country moving to? with no jobs no money and no medicine.

    Open your eyes and see !, its actually sinking if not stinging.

  6. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…@nyamututa, the so-called respected human rights groups are in big trouble since the departure of Mugabe who was their target. The resignation of the iconic Mugabe caught them pants down and are nolonger relevant in the new dispensation hence theirhowling for their supper. Mugabe is a big brand and his departure is bad news forall ngos that were formed to oppose him.

  7. Blessed Mugwagwa

    Chaminuka what’ve yu been smoking. We’re in this trouble coz of him. Go Ngwena Go.

  8. Well, your Emmanuel Magade will do the biding for Mnangagwa. For example, he is close friends with the newly appointed Political Commissar of Zanu, the overzealous Lt General Rugeje, who superintended the Jerera massacre of MDC supporters in 2008. It is not looking good at all in Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa is a sweet talker who could hoodwink a lot of gullible people in Zimbabwe yet he is just Robert Mugabe reborn – old wine in a new bottle.

  9. She is not an expert when it comes to manipulation of numbers, thats all we can think of at the moment.

  10. Makarau held a sensitive position in the govt organ and any one who thinks the govt must not give reasons of why she left her job so fast must be a support of a lame lizard and very very crazy and stupid indeed .The govt is the one that will look for replacement so why should it not give reasons to the nation which Makarau gave them when she stepped down .They must be hiding something bcoz they are all crooks

  11. Yaa well some lacoste thugs think Makarau ‘s job is just like that of a daka boy hence they foolishly agree to each other making themselves fools in front of every body

    1. chaminuka fuck u

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