ZANU PF has admitted that the voters roll to be used in next year’s polls is a mess and needs serious scrutiny and audit for it to be credible. Section 35 of the Electoral Act gives the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) powers to correct any errors on the voters roll and to ensure that it is as clean as possible. The ruling party’s central committee (CC) report to the 7th national people’s congress held in Harare last week reveals that its legal department conducted a mini-audit of the voters roll after several people complained that it was manipulated.
THE opposition Citizens Coalitions for Change (CCC) has proposed that the country must craft a national peace pledge targeting political parties before next year’s polls to ensure they are peaceful. Zimbabwe has since the March 26 by-elections and others that followed been experiencing violence during the campaign period.
THE United Kingdom Parliament is concerned that there is no sign that Zimbabwe will hold free and fair elections next year following political violence during recent by-elections. It is also concerned about the country’s failure to implement 2018 electoral reforms recommended by international observer missions. Contributing to debate in the British House of Lords last week, UK’s Minister of State and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Lord Zac Goldsmith of Richmond Park said limited progress had been made in implementing electoral reforms.
The ruling Zanu PF party has been alarmed by the inroads being made by opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) in the rural areas and fears the influence of electoral non-governmental organisations on the rural voters. This was revealed in the ruling party’s central committee report released at its 7th National People’s Congress which ended at the weekend.
ZANU PF has splashed millions of dollars on cars, party regalia and improving the welfare for its chefs ahead of next year’s polls.
This is despite that the majority of citizens in the country are wallowing in poverty.
The party’s central committee (CC) report to the 7th National People’s Congress, which was held in Harare last week, readily admits that the majority of people in the country are wallowing in poverty. The report states that in 2017, before the late former President Robert Mugabe was removed from power, the party only had 45 vehicles. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has boosted the fleet to 531 vehicles — the largest in Zanu PF’s history.
United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Jim Risch shot back, blaming South Africa for failing to provide leadership in the region, and its failure to hold Zimbabwean leaders to account.
“It’s not sanctioned individuals in Zimbabwe exerting pressure on South Africa, but a lack of regional leadership. South Africa must hold the Zim (Zimbabwean) government to its Constitution and help the Zimbabwean people achieve their democratic aspirations and corruption-free governance,” Risch tweeted.
FOUR senior officials from the Bulawayo High Court have been suspended on allegations of forging a law firm’s date stamp in a move allegedly meant to influence the outcome of a Supreme Court case. The four — Bulawayo High Court registrar Felix Hwara, court clerk Joyce Ngoma and deputy registrars; Andrew Ngwenya and Achidaishe Simari — were suspended to allow internal investigations to go ahead.
TANZANIA’S leading mobile money provider, Vodacom M-Pesa has announced an expansion of its International Money Transfer (IMT) portfolio to include eight countries from the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) where its customers can send and receive money.
These are South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The announcement came at an event to launch a Vodacom M-Pesa campaign dubbed “Dunia Kijiji, Afrika ni M-Pesa” which aims at promoting M-Pesa as the currency of transactions for Africa with all African countries able to send money to Vodacom M-Pesa.
THE Zanu PF elective congress, which kicked off in Harare on Thursday and ends today, has virtually grounded government business as all Cabinet ministers, secretaries, heads of department and parastatals have been railroaded to the indaba. In his address, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the party’s first secretary, said Zanu PF’s campaign machinery was now ready to roll with all mobilisation resources already in place. “Zanu PF is ready. Our systems are oiled. Election materials and resources are in place to mount a roaring campaign for a thunderous victory of our party. The people’s revolution is ongoing and unstoppable,” Mnangagwa said.