Chamisa fumes at disrespectful Chigumba

MDC Alliance presidential candidate on Wednesday stormed the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) offices demanding to meet chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba after it emerged she was not available to accept the pre-election coalition’s petition.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chamisa led thousands of supporters protesting against Zec’s management of the electoral process ahead of make-or-break polls later this month.

Clad in red overalls, Chamisa led senior party and alliance leader, among them former Finance minister Tendai Biti and MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora in venting their anger at officials, including director of information Justin Manyau who was on hand to receive them.

“We are not moving from here. I can tell you now and we are going to start the process that we want. If they want to kill us, they can call in the army with all kinds of guns. You guys are not serious.

“We gave notice to Chigumba that we were coming here. We told Chigumba we are coming and you can’t send us. How did she move and to where?,” Chamisa could be heard shouting.

Chamisa has declared there will not be an election unless Zec accedes to the demand for a clean and complete voters’ register that would be used for the election. He also want the poll management body to allow him as well as other contestants access to the printing of the ballot paper that he thinks provides the link to Zanu PF’s attempts to “rig” the election.

Chigumba argues she has complied with the law and provided all parties contesting the election with an analysable voters’ roll.

However, the MDC Alliance has demanded one with biometrics in the form of pictures of voters and indicated huge flaws in the register of voters, including reports of the existence of centenarians, including a 141-year-old.
During the altercation with Zec officials, Mwonzora weighed in: “We are ready to sleep here. We already fed up. This is not the first time we are handing in a petition; the first one went through smoothly. They will see us.”

Biti was also left fuming at what he called was utter disrespect from the electoral commission.

“This is very disrespectful. It’s arrogance. The arrogance and contempt is shocking. You are supposed to be independent ,” the former Treasury chief said.


Zec’s independence has been questioned in the wake of reports that Zanu PF might have had access to its database after it emerged that the ruling party has been sending customised campaign messages to voters using the mobile phone numbers directly linked to the constituencies in which they are registered.

Chamisa was not done, threatening to make Zec ungovernable.

“Do you know this place can be chaotic if we call people in,” he warned.

Manyau looked unfazed: “Let me say I have heard what you have said.”

56 Comments

  1. How can you expect one to vote when there is MATAKANANA akadai??? THE FACT IS, ZEC IS ZANU AND ZANU IS ZEC.

    1. Siyananazvo Zvenyika Jojo

      This youngman Chamisa honestly is not Presidential material. Being a legislator and more-so an ‘Advocate’, it should have occurred to him that electoral ammendments are not done via a street demonstration and making noise. Its a Parliamentary issue which has its own process. And this mBiti Tendayi is not helping matters at all. A whole bunch of Lawyers akomana here shuwa, at the forefront of a street demo??? I was part of the system that played a hand in the early formative years of MDC end of 1998 when the idea was now being mooted. Izvi zvavekuitika izvi bodo, zvinonyadzisa… Chamisa has been the MP for Kuwadzana for 3 Terms and zvaakaita chaizvo dololo, hapana. Library chaiyo ye Council, he failed to resuscitate the project. Iye zvino its in ruins under an MDC run Council. Tendayi mBiti neukowo says we will make sure this country is ungovernable….. These guys are downright anarchists and never to be allowed at all near National power. They have lost it completely. All they want is to rule at any cost even if it means hiring Boko Haram and Hizbolah terrorists. The bunch is a danger to themselves. They were there at the inauguration of ED at the National Stadium in celebration even hugging ED, only to now say ahhh heeeh ED did a ‘coup de tat’… Come on you guys give us a break. You rushed on to a plane to Washington to beg for sanctions against Zim and you now also turn around to say ED achieved nothing in the 100 days of turn-around…God have Mercy on Zim and protect it from such a lot of zealous ‘Students’ still playing Campus politics.

      1. Absolute nonsense this! There are no rules in Zimbabwean politics! Even if hen loses he has done much more to expose the chicanery that has been behind Zanu wins over th past three decades. Parliament– my foot!

      2. what is a presidential material you Nigga? Coup? No. who can define that? No no that is rubbish.

  2. STUPID ZEC!!!!!!!

  3. Frankly speaking ZEC has let us down as a nation, such unprofessional-ism while expected from zanupf is not expected from people like Chigumba. She must always remember this is the same way that Rita Makarau sold her soul to the devil & ultimately destroyed her own career

  4. SIlvester Matambo

    This Chasura guy is so full of himself, he wanys Chigumba to drop everything to attend to him, who does he think he is. He is just another pretender waiting in line to be handed his defeat by the ruling Zanu PF party. ED Pfeeeeeee!

    1. Sylvester do not make a mockery of people’s rights. Chamisa represents a large percentage of Zimbos who would like to see justice and fairness in the execution of the elections. And who is Chigumba in any case to be too busy to address genuine concerns of the electorate?

  5. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Nelson, please tell your supporters and observors the truth or i am doing it for you. Chamisa has decided long back that he will not take part in the comming elections and the main plan is to create chaos in the country. So take it from me, Chamisa is definitely not going to take part in the comming polls and that is final.

  6. ZEC IS ABBR FOR ZANU PF ELECTORAL COMMISSION. If ZEC is clean then why are they so stubborn for an audit.

  7. Someone intending to be President of Zimbabwe threatening to unleash his brainless vanguards on ZEC! What if he becomes commander-in-Chief of Zimbabwe’s defence forces! Kudai ari iye akakutwa kuWhite City! Tose taiparara. Uyu Chamisa is not fit to be Sabhuku wokuVillage kwangu! Nyika iya yoitwa mahumbwe. Zviri kupera musi wa30.

  8. Threats are not accepted.If this whole demonstration is genuine why not just leave your demands to any ZEC Official and leave and wait for ZEC to respond. Chigumba is not ZEC is she.It looks like some were looking for trouble.

  9. gukurahundi chimoto

    chamisa is fake. idiot and silly ED Pfeeee

  10. Chigumba is right, Chamisa has gone too far and needs to be ignored until after the elections. He cannot spend weeks denouncing Chigumba, and then expect her to afford him any respect. If he carries through his threat that he will make this country ungovernable, then we will see what the law says about that. We had some sympathy for Chamisa, but his approach to national issues is childish. Chigumba should never be blackmailed by Chamisa and his lot, and if the law doesn’t provide for accommodating the demands being made, she should not act outside the law just to please some politicians.

  11. Chamisa arikuda kupinza fear ku Zec ana Chamisa mahumbwe amuri kuita, kutamba chaiko

  12. marpodhi mabhalakanhu

    WE NEED PEACE MR CHAMISA .ZVAMAKUTAURA IZVO HAMUZVIGONE MAKAZVITADZA KARE .MAKUDA KUZVAMBARADZWA MANJE.PASI NEMHANDUUUUUUUUUUUU

  13. Patriotic Zimbabwean.

    ZANU PF WILL NOT SCORE EVEN 30 % OF THE VOTES IN THIS COMING ELECTION AS IT THINK THE MILITARY ARE SUPERIOR AS COMPARED TO OTHER CIVIL SERVANTS . THEY ARE FORGETTING THAT THEIR SOFT COUP WAS MADE CREDIBLE BY THE PRESENCE OF THE CIVILIANS DURING THEIR DEMONSTRATIONS OTHERWISE MUNANGAGWA WOULD NOT HAVE THE PLATFORM TO RIG THE ELECTIONS THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF HIS OLD FASHIONED TACTICS OF ALLOWING THE POLICE TO VOTE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF ZEC AND OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES’S PRESENCE.Kukanya mukaka hurangana hauvhotese vanhu uri wega. Zvese zvivanhu zvezanu zviri kupa macomments, please jeri rakakumirirai patiri kungopinda veMDC mupower tinoziva muri kutiza mhosva dzenyu dzekuponda kwamakaita vanhu muchinyepera kunge munoda party yaparara yeZANU

    1. Dont mix letters, caps and smalls

      1. zvine basa rei izvozvo, verenga ma facts apa.

  14. I concur with the opposition that Zec is mandated in no uncertain terms to carry out a transparent, efficient, effective and sustainable exercise. Rigging starts with the character, structure and appointment of the electoral management body. Meanwhile, a voter register has been used as the primary instrument to perpetrate voter mischief thereby endangering electoral democracy. Further cooking is done during the collation, tallying and transmission of the results. As such, the quality of an electoral process can determine the outcome and consequently the stability of democratic institutions in a country. In my opinion, an independent body should have audited the register to ensure the completeness and accuracy of records. lts only then that Zec can build public trust and confidence in the register that it can provide a foundation for a free, fair and credible election.

  15. Zanu pf ndiyo mhandu yemunhu wese ane pfungwa dzinosevenza uyu ari kutmbura nekuda kweEVIL Spirits dzxakagara muvanhu vose vano suppoter zanu. Inga muteam yebhora kana zvinhu zvisikuonekwa zvakanaka,maplayers emaside ose vanogunyununa wani,seiko zanu isipi zvichemo zvakaipa kuZEC? Zimbabwe icharamba ichishupika ichisarire kumashure mumadevelopment nekuti maINVESTORS havazomboda kuisa mari dzavo mutsvina dzeZANU PF. Mungazvinyengedza imi vanhu vezanu muchingotonga asi chokwadi chaicho,zimbabwe ndeye marara nekuda kwezanu pf.Mnangagwa was not voted in as president by the people.

  16. ZEC is useless, how can a whole police force vote without the knowledge of the election body itself? & how does one party wake up one morning with cell phone numbers of all voters & nobody is responsible? Not even in a banana republic do you see such stupidity

  17. Zvimwe ndezvimwe, MDC ine support guys, the numbers of people attending anything to do with MDC or Chamisa is revealing, the crowds yesterday were unbelievable

  18. Comment…To all those are blaming Chamisa chenjerai kuroya or else munotoroyaw chete. yo hell with you. ZEC and zanu PF are the same. they have held this country at ransom.for far too long.

  19. Mdc inesuport muma urban areas which only have 35 percent of zimbabwean population and Zanu Pf has the remaining 65 percent. Why is it vanhu veoposition do not want facts as they are? Kana Ed akaunganidza vanhu vake , heee vamanikidzwa, hee vana vechikoro, heee njani njani. Heee vatiza speech inobhowa. Crying louder than the bereaved all the time. Ivo vanotadza kuzvitaurira vega sei? Tarisai rally yaEd masikati ano tinzwe kuti kuwanda kwemasuporter kumatebeleland kwabvepi negukurahundi ramunogara muchingoimba.

    1. why does zanu pf have support kuma rural areas, ndokune vanhu vese vasina kudzidza vasingazive ka kuti nyika iyi inorwadza kana uchishanda,,,,,vakangomirira ma inputs nemari dzekuba…stupid people.

      1. But is it true that Zanu PF has majority support in the rural areas! Lets not feed on yesterdays lies!

  20. if u believe in God then he will surely intervene sooner or letter even the israelites wen demanding to go out of egypt egyptians find funny in it then french revolution was another typical example wen louis xvi refused to meet civial demands again gaddaffi was one of the current and modern example where is he to be more precise thre was another local leader who even went ahead of God himself and proclaimed that he will rule even on wheel chair and further from the so called heroe’s acre but GOD intervened so whether u support who just know tym will tell food for thought…………….. whether a comrade to the bone or a impouverished cadre

  21. if u believe in God then he will surely intervene sooner or latter even the Israelites wen demanding to go out of egypt egyptians find funny in it then french revolution was another typical example wen louis xvi refused to meet civial demands again gaddaffi was one of the current and modern example where is he to be more precise thre was another local leader who even went ahead of God himself and proclaimed that he will rule even on wheel chair and further from the so called heroe’s acre but GOD intervened so whether u support who just know tym will tell food for thought…………….. whether a comrade to the bone or a impouverished cadre

  22. kana zvichitoita kuti nyika inake lets go to war full stop Chamisa is right

    1. NONSENSE!

  23. Chamisa vs ED
    Dzunguboy vs Visionary
    Let 30 July come.

  24. Tichingotonga Vachingovukura

    Ed pfeeeeeeeeeeee

  25. Munhu wese achiri kuenda kumarallies ezanu pf achisupporter bato iri nhasi uno watiri kurarama,muroyi chaiye,mharadzi nekuti haazivi kurwadzikana kwevamwe vanhu. Sei vanhu navakafanana naElisha naFarai J nhire vachiomesa moyo yavo kupikisana nemhomho yevanhu iri kuona zvakaipa zvakaitwa uye zviri kuitwa ngeZanu pf neZEC party? Chiiko chamakambotsika chamuri kuvimba nacho iva ruzhinji rwevanhu rwuri kutambura ngepamusaka pezanu nezec party? Imi vanhu,mucharohwa neshamhu yerima ramuri kututumadza iye nhasi.

  26. Musataura zvehondo vakomana hamuzvigone uye hamuzvidi. One Chipanga tried to appear macho & said similar things to the nonsense dzatiri kunzwa. We all know now the story of the apolojersey0000

  27. zanu pf supporters are all stupid.

  28. Chamisa will in no day win the elections;he has already waffled at rallies only in a trickery to go to Zimbabwe House, merely for his benefits & pride

  29. Comment…kkkkkkk visionary yamaakuda kuzoita after 37 years ,zanu inonyadzisa.ZEC is ZANU pasi ne mhanduuuuuuu

  30. Leadership requires mature people not this childish behavior, Chamisa, Biti and Monzvora grow-up please. Get wisdom.

  31. Iwe unogara kumusha here unot 65% ndeye zanu pliz do not use mafacts akudhara vanhu vavhurika these days. Hameno pamwe kwenyu Kwa Tea Yazara Cup, kwangu no

  32. ZANU PF is no longer needed by the majority of Zimbabwean populacy. Chamisa pfee… mu office ED vakati vavaya thinking about to rig elections by the gun. KKKKKK

  33. So Chamisa expected Chigumba to be waiting for him ne petitoon yake. These young men need to grow up. Did Chigumba organise the march. He wants Chigumba to give credibility to his child’s play. Chigumba is going around with her business. So this is why Chamisa is saying Chigumba lacks respect. They threatened not to leave but sleep there so why did they go home. These dudes are full of nothing but threats. Ofcourse he is singing for his supper otherwise he would not get money from Gucci Grace.MDC tipei ma serious.I stay in town I am well educated I was involved in the formation of the MDC but this time I am not voting for them. There are a number of people who have changed their allegiance since November like me. The MDC will be shocked that they hv lost mileage even on the urban voters. Ofcourse they would think it’s rigging no its not we love ED’s approach to issues. Worse more Chamisa had an alliance with a bunch of losers.

    1. sei muchingoda mukuru uyu asiri kutonga zvinopundutsa nyika? Muri kutofara nemamiriro akaita nyika here? Makaita seiko imi? Chamisa is not childish. He’s strong sense of justice. Kana government yaSmith yaitoti macomrade arikuita childish vachiramba udzvadyiriri hwainakira vachena chete.

  34. Farai J Nhire

    Mazimbabweans vanhu vanofungao saka regai zvezhowezhowe vanhu vasarudze vega kana chamisa wenyuo abudirira anongotungamiraka. Inga mauto amaitya akati haarambidze anenge ahwinha kutungamira sezvinodiwa neconstitution. Inga Chamisa wacho mwana weZimbabwe wani! Kana Chamisa wacho akaratidza kuti ayaruka chinonetsa chii kutungamirirwa nemuZimba wedu?

  35. I really wonder how did Chamisa and Bete become lawyers?, These guys are a real bunch of rotten idiots, if they are professional lawyers as they pretend to be why then cant they resort to lawful means of addressing their complaints rather than going out there making unnecessary noise, If they know they have got genuine concerns why not apply an urgent chamber application to stop the elections untill all the so called reforms are done rather than allowing themselves to be pushed into an election which they know has no level playing field ??? ,OLD FASHION STRATEGY MAKE NOISE PROVOKE GET ARRESTED GET BEATEN UP AND THEN ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION } LOL

  36. So Chamisa expected Chigumba to change her very busy schedule and spend the day waiting for Chamisa? Silly boy. In fact, it’s Chamisa who is disrespecting Chigumba.

  37. YOU WANTED TO SEE CHIGUMBA OR BE ADDRESSED BY CHIGUMBA OR TO HAND IN YOUR PETITION TO ZEC TO BE SEEN BY CHIGUMBA ,IF U WANTEWD TO HAND IN ,HANDI IN TO WHOEVER U SEE THERE MUCHATINETSA APFANAWO IMI MURIKUSEKWA PASI RESE NE MATAKANANA AMURIKUITA VE MDC … KURAI APFANA

  38. What Our President Chamisa is demanding is cin the constitution of Zimbabwe. Why zanupf and Zec refuse fair and even electoral play field? To hell with zanupf and zec mhani! !

  39. we the taxpayers & people of Zimbabwe pay Chigumba her salary ever month nxaaa, she must be available as & when we need her to be available

  40. The problem with Zanu pf sycophants is they are forgetting that 38 years ago, when Zanu pf came to power, Munangagwa was not 75 years old. Infact the oldest of them was Bob who was 56 years old whgile the rest were in their forties but noone said they were toddlers or vafana. Now the drunken political dinosaur, which has been fattening itself with corruption, forced disappearances, murders and all forms of plunder and opulence wants us to believe that it was a one man band in the form of old Bob when Zanu pf is a system. If they are all that honest, when Lazurus Nzarayebani and Dzikamai Mavhaire were chucked for telling Mugabe to resign, what did they do? When they talk of Zimbabawe being open for business, why are they not telling us who closed the businesses initially and what will they do to safeguard potential future closures? When they clamor on top of their voices for the arrest of Kasukuwere, he comes back to face border jumping charges as if ED did not commit the same offence? What is wrong with you Zimbabweans? ED since his rise to power has failed to acknowledge only the effort of Itai Dzamara, the first man to ask for Mugabe’s resignation and paid the ultimate price. They are now saying let bygones be bygones so that they protect the criminal element amongst themselves while we have grieving families who lost their loved ones while others were broken down as spouses fled the Zanu pf juggernaut.

  41. Comment…Ed z temporary zviya zvakaita Abel muzorewa follow politics dnt hate the players Ed haana kana chinhu wovhura Bank vanhu vachishanda ne ecocash nxaaaa

    1. What i would like to know is what’s so hard 4 ED’s government to hav the Zec’s officials arrested 4 corruption coz its clear that they are corrupt or he’s just going to ignore evething that they doing coz its working in his favour to win the elections i mean think about it how can we hav free nd fair election when the Zec officials are corrupt Zanu Pf members who obviously are against a new government coz of wat they are hiding nd wat they stand to lose should Zanu lose the election coz they are benefiting a lot 4rm the current government

  42. Abraham Abbie Ngulube

    What i would like to know is what’s so hard 4 ED’s government to hav the Zec’s officials arrested 4 corruption coz its clear that they are corrupt or he’s just going to ignore evething that they doing coz its working in his favour to win the elections i mean think about it how can we hav free nd fair election when the Zec officials are corrupt Zanu Pf members who obviously are against a new government coz of wat they are hiding nd wat they stand to lose should Zanu lose the election coz they are benefiting a lot 4rm the current government

  43. Comment…Kana varume VATATU ava varikuita zvirikunze kweMUTEMO ayika veduwe, ngavasungwe vagare MUTINGO kwemakore akakodzera Asi kana varikuti izvi nezvizvi ngazvigadziriskwe, uye zvinekodzero, ayika veduwe, ngazvigadziskwe Nekuti tisarambodzokorora zvakaipa zvinenge zvakanakira varipanyanga chete. Vazobvapo voti mavara azare vhu.
    Nekuti 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008 motokari nendege dzehondo
    zvakafamba semanyerere, uye dzikabhururuka sehujiri ‘shiri dziya dzinodya mupunga’. Asi pazvakamuitikirawo musi wa15 Nov 2017, akanga oti, akapedzisira kuzviona GORE RA1945. Nekuti akanga owona uyipi nekurwadza kwazvo. Imi varume VATATU musaita zvisiri paMUTEMO. Imiwo veZEC, kana pane zvinoda kugadziskwa ngazvigadziriskwe. Nekuti, chikuru nakare veduwe, KUWIRIRANAKWAKANAKAKUGARAKUNZWANANA GARANEWAKOMURUDOHAMANDISHE. RUGARE!!!! RUGARE!!!! RUGARE!!!!!

  44. Comment…Be partriotic to the country,and defend the sovereinty and integrity of the country Zibwabwe,not the sovreity and intgrty of the elections,electoins its just a game ZANU PF Ndiyo inekodzero dzokugara pastate house ED Pfeeeeeeeee

    1. Manje so??? ungati tirikutaura ipapa? Such reasoning is a disgrace to whatever is being defended”’

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