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Hiring A High Number Of Ex-soldiers Undermines ZEC's Credibility - Analyst

Hiring A High Number Of Ex-soldiers Undermines ZEC's Credibility - Analyst

A prominent political commentator, Eldred Masunungure, said the hiring of a significant number of former members of the security services by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) raises questions of impartiality and credibility of the electoral body.

On Thursday last week, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba told Zimbabwe Television Network (ZTN) that they will not discriminate against retired members of the security services as doing otherwise would be against the Constitution.

Masunungure said at law, ZEC cannot bar former soldiers from joining the electoral body but when they constitute a significant number of the ZEC workforce, it becomes problematic. He said:

Under Mnangagwa’s rule, we have the security sector controlling State institutions.

Everyone knows the role that the army played in the 2017 coup that ousted Mugabe.

Given those circumstances when ex-members constitute a significant number of the electoral management body workforce, members of the public are then forced to ask questions of impartiality and credibility of ZEC.

In law, for sure ZEC cannot bar them, but from the public perception, it is problematic.

Constitutional lawyer and National Constitutional Assembly leader Lovemore Madhuku said:

As long as they are retired members of the security services, there is no problem with them being recruited at ZEC.

It, however, becomes questionable when currently serving members are seconded to the electoral body.

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) secretary-general Chalton Hwende said ZEC should not be militarised but should rather be manned by professionals. Said Hwende:

ZEC must not be militarized. It must ensure that it hires professionals that can independently perform its duties to guarantee undisputed elections.

What we have been demanding has been pointed out in various reports that have been released by electoral bodies.

ZANU PF spokesperson Chris Mutsvangwa said ex-soldiers should be respected and not be discriminated against. He said:

In any other country, ex-defence and security personnel are held in high esteem. Such a service is actually a plus credit in job recruitment.

ZEC’s chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana, is a former member of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).

The late Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba also served in ZEC’s predecessor, the Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC), when he was still in the army.

In 2018, Chigumba revealed that at least 15% of the ZEC staff, then over 380, were ex-service personnel.

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22 Comments

Chikandamina 5 months ago

Kunaka kumeso hakusi kwe moyo,ccc go go


Roosy 5 months ago

Cmd Sunboy! Pple cry bcause these forces a often used to suppress their will,,,now that there' employed here can't they be used to manipulate data in favour of one's order. Wonzwa voti gah ccc yatohwina no complain!


Yts 5 months ago

RIP


Stranger From the Forest 5 months ago

Tabvumirana kuti Priscilla akanaka ka maCdes😁


Cde Zvabhenda 5 months ago

Chokwadi Priscilla Chigumba akanaka, fesi zvese nemoyo. Beauty with brains. Priscilla chokwadi kasponono.

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Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

Priscilla simudza gumbo harizirako mwanasikana zunza mktako nei ko ana CCC havako mwana iwe unotangisa smoko🎹🥁🎺🕺✊✊✊


I Am The Kartel 5 months ago

PAMBERI NE ZANU PF


Elder chimut 5 months ago

Sorry for saying zviri mukati me dress ndazvitaura nekuda kwevanhu vanot munhu akanaka kumeso iye achizora chimwariwadhana ngatisakurudzirawo kudaroo zvakashata neniwo pandati mukati me dress ndaresva thanks wena wandidzora handina kuziva Zita rako but thanks munhu washe


brain 5 months ago

Give yourself a chance to Enjoy Life its your right. Vote for Change, Vote for Better Life.

CCC is the way 👍


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

THE BUSH LAWYER DOES NOT SEE WHERE THE PROBLEM IS IF ZEC EMPLOYS FORMER SECURITY AGENTS.

AS I WRITE THIS CHAT THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT ZEC BEING MILITARISED GIVE SILAIGWANA'S NAME AS THE ONLY FORMER MILITARY PERSONEL AND NO OTHER NAME HAS BEEN MENTIONED. AT LAW AND IN GENERAL, ZEC IS CORRECT TO LOOK AT QUALIFICATIONS OF AN INDIVIDUAL.

PEOPLE MUST DISCARD THIS NOTION WHICH SAYS MEN AND WOMEN FROM SECURITY AGENTS SUPPORT THE RULING, ZANU PF. THAT IS WRONG. RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH BIND OPERATIONS OF OUR SECURITY AGENTS ARE VERY LIBERAL AS FAR AS POLITICAL ISSUES ARE CONCERNED.

THEIR OPERATIONS ARE FOCUSED ON FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY WHICH ARE FORMULATED IN PARLIAMENT.

ZEC IS A PRODUCT OF OUR CONSTITUTION AND THEY STRICKTLY OPERATE FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF ZIMBABWE WHICH ARE PROMULGATED IN PARLIAMENT. THE QUESTION OF WHO IT EMPLOYS IS IMMATERIAL AS LONG AS HE/SHE IS QUALIFIED. THAT INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE DOES NOT BRING IN HIS/HER REGULATIONS, RULES AND LAWS.

OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES MUST CONCENTRATE ON BUILDING UP THEIR PARTIES. THEY MUST FORMULATE STRATEGIES OF HOW TO DEFEAT ZANU PF ALL SYSTEMS OUT COME HARMONISED ELECTIONS IN 2023. IF THEY DO NOT PLAN NOW, THEY WILL HAVE PLANNED TO FAIL AND THEY WILL BE PERENNIAL CRYING BABIES. FOR HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO BE CRYING BABIES ?

ZANU PF CAN BE DEFEATED. CITIZENS COALITION FOR CHANGE [ CCC ] FORMERLY MDC ALLIANCE, MISSED BY A WHISKER IN 2018 HARMONISED ELECTIONS. AT CONCOURT, WE WERE TOLD WHERE WE WENT WRONG. LET US PERFECT THOSE AREAS.

IN CONCLUSION, OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES MUST NOT LOOK AT WHO ZEC EMPLOYS, BUT WHETHER ZEC OPERATES WITHIN THE PARAMETRES OF THE LAW. OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES MUST NOT DENIGRATE ONE ANOTHER, BUT PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER AND LAWFULLY DISLODGE ZANU PF FROM POWER.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Wiseman 5 months ago

You need to read between the lines Bush Lawyer. You're no different from someone who supports nepotism in the workplace and claim that if certain people qualify they should get a job. For example, wouldn't it raise red flags when a certain manager's entire family are employed at the same parastatal? You can choose to be ignorant because you have the right to do so but you cannot shun your moral responsibility to care

Elder chimut 5 months ago

Thanks vybes cartel wakakasira kuonera zanu marara vanonyepera vanhu kt tiri tiri new dispensation apa iri old zvayo new dispensation ichauya na adv Nelson chamisa. Topindura vari kt chikumba akanaka haana inhau yema make up chete dai zviri mukati me dress zvaizorwavo makeup paparinane hino zvakati ndoo kusviba nokushata zvose


🤠 5 months ago

Nemiwo futi munhu washe mukutaurawo zvemukati medress pajekerere pano🤣🤣🤣

Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

Pamberi ne CCC..ndiri muzanu pf asi chamisa anogona kuti ndizivevo payslip.. Sometimes ndongo typer zvisina basa coz ndakarerwa munhuri ye zanu pf.. But deep ndakuvara ne nhamo.. Ngapinde hake chamisa..isu kuno vakauya ne mbeu tichitora asi pana chamisa ndichaisa x... Nhamo yandiurura kuno ku gokwe .


SHOCKED 5 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 you don't know kuti ChiParty chiya ndechema empty promises

Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

Uri kuti chii nhaiwe jombo.pamberi na chamisa..zanu pf haina zvainoziva..ndenge ndichingoda kubhohwa vanhu..kushaiwa zvekuita....zanu pf yapiringisha nyika aaaa.ndanetawo nayo..aaaa kuno vakati promiser ferlilizer na nhasi... Apa hatisisina hembe. Tangosara nema zi shirt amunangagwa .

Jombo 5 months ago

Liar

Stranger From the Forest 5 months ago

Momz vakanaka avo kana tazogara


SHOCKED 5 months ago

Ahh saka madara akangwarira zvestonyeni

Takuda Change

Chasura Buddington 5 months ago

Vakapedzwa navo kare ava nemadhara enyu ekurova guchu aya 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. exVP Mohadi murisei henyu 🤔

Chapwititi Kestombela 5 months ago

Chero mukazadza retired and tired ex soldiers, mhomho yenyika yati CCC. Garai matoziva henyu kuti kubirira now has consequences. Vamwe vakumhanya vadzingwa basa apa gore riya 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Murisei nhai veduweee mukuru wezvigure vaED. Dramatising the scenario hangu Mukuru achibira Mozambique netsoka ari full speed 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃. Wodzoka hake aine smile vakomana vamugadzirira chigaro chehushe 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. The guy is a subtle user hake iyeye. Rimwe robva rati ED PFEE 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. He is clever and akashandisa vanhu big-time. Now he is failing at the ecomonic front because the world knows him and his shenanigans. Bankable name rabva rauya haro 'CCC'. Nhaka panebonyewa vamwe ipapa, vagoda kuita excelgate zvekare🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


Chigaa 5 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ CCC ndokwazvinoperera


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