Demilitarise electoral process, Zec chair told

Acting MDC-T president, Elias Mudzuri has challenged incoming Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba to start demilitarising the electoral process, in order to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free and fair.

BY MUNESU NYAKUDYA

Speaking during a consultative meeting with vendors in Harare yesterday, Mudzuri said Justice Chigumba’s first assignment should be to stop suspected Zanu PF officials, who were demanding other people’s voter registration slips and also to demilitarise elections.

“We hear that soldiers are intimidating people. We don’t want people to campaign with the army because the army belongs to everyone. People should campaign with their activists not the army to be their activists. We hope that the new Zec chairperson will be there to deliver the spirit of constitutionalism in terms of elections,” he said.

Mudzuri also said as long as Mnangagwa does not interfere with Zec for the benefit of Zanu PF, the electoral body had the capacity to deliver free and fair elections.

“He (Mnangagwa) has also consulted opposition parties to ensure that there is a clear path to ensure that there are free and fair and credible elections. The President even swore that he want, to see free fair and credible elections,” he said.

Mudzuri also reiterated that MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai remained the party leader and presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections.
The Warren Park MP said he was just standing in for Tsvangirai and was not interested in succeeding him.

“President Tsvangirai is there and he is alive and is the candidate for the upcoming elections. I might look healthy today, but I might not even make it tomorrow. So he might live longer than me so let’s not discuss someone’s private life and health,” he said.

Mudzuri also said that vendors should not be removed from the streets, as long there were no jobs for them.

He also said that city council should always make sure that city toilets and bathrooms are always accessible day and night so that people won’t use the bush as an alternative, contributing to the spreading diarrheal diseases such as to cholera, which are being blamed on vendors.

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6 Comments

  1. Do the best you people to get rid of Zanu pf out of power.We don’t want to be kept on by being ruled by one party for poor decades of years of non development. Let every minded person think of changing Zimbabwe to its best not the way zanu pf has been destroying it.

  2. On removal of vendors you are wrong Elias. People should operate in an organised and controlled manner. You cannot use the excuse of fewer formal jobs for the continued vending on street pavements obstructing pedestrians, and directly on the road side risking being run over by vehicle.

  3. As far as I want change,I dont think the MDC can bring the change i want right now,They look like ZANU PF during the Mugabe era.

  4. On Tsvangirayi still being the MDC-T presidential candidate……I would like to know how far this party is from lunacy….

  5. @concerned vhara gamba rakooo hapana akuda kuvendor whether panotenderwa or hapatenderwe its economic situation forcing us

  6. “He (Mnangagwa) has also consulted opposition parties to ensure that there is a clear path to ensure that there are free and fair and credible elections. The President even swore that he want, to see free fair and credible elections,” he said

    I would love to see the newsday giving us details of what the MDC has been consulted on. We know when they are starring defeat, they will make a U-turn claiming they were never consulted and the playing field is not level when they are involved in the decision making with regards to elections.

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