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"Majority Of New ZEC Commissioners Too Young"

Political commentators say the recently-appointed new members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) are either too young or compromised by their relations to defend the integrity of electoral processes.

On 7 June 2022, President Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in six commissioners at State House — Catherine Mpofu, Abigal Millicent Mohadi Ambrose, Shepherd Manhivi, Rosewita Marutare, Janet Mbetu Nzvenga and Kudzai Shava.

The six replaced commissioners whose term of office came to an end on 6 July 2022.

Political analyst Rashweat Mukundu said the ages of the commissioners leave a lot to be desired. He said:

The ages of the commissioners mean that they are easy to intimidate and… they are compromised by their connections and relations.

I think this is the worst process of replacing commissioners that Zimbabwe has had since the setting up of ZEC.

Not only had the majority of people compromised daughters of active politicians in ZANU PF, former civil servants, and all sorts of shady characters who now constitute ZEC.

I think this is the first point of a disputed electoral outcome no matter how ZANU PF and ZEC may defend the integrity of electoral processes in Zimbabwe. That was very political, but beyond political.

We are essentially in the straws of a disputed election in 2023 which will further prolong the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

Another political analyst, Vivid Gwede said that the nomination of people with close ties to key ZANU PF figures was a cause for concern.

However, ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana said the commission had nothing to do with the commissioners’ appointments. Said Mangwana:

ZEC is not the one that employs the commissioners, but it is Parliament that has that mandate, but basically, I don’t see anything wrong with giving opportunities to the youth.

ZANU PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu also said the commissioners went through interviews adding that experience and qualifications have nothing to do with age or gender.

More: NewsDay

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4 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 weeks ago

Ages of ZEC Commissioners is not my real concern, but close relationships of some of them with ZANU PF seniour officials, like Abigirl Milicent Mohadi Ambrose who is the daughter of Kembo and Tambudzani Mohadi.

Most people have questioned the engagement of Abigirl Milicent Mohadi Ambrose as a ZEC Commissioner. Her position as a Commissioner of ZEC is compromised.

ZEC may not fire Abigirl at this stage because of fear of financial reprisals. I should suggest that it is Abigirl who should put love of money aside and honourably resign.

[ABIGIRL, KEMBO MOHADI'S DAUGHTER, LOVE FOR MONEY ASIDE, PLEASE RESIGN].

[ VOTE CHAMISA CHETE CHETE ].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Garli 3 weeks ago

ya but we want young energetic people not old ones vachanetswa ne ma numbers 😄😄


Ginious 3 weeks ago

Dont we have a law ,unorambidza vanhu vakadaro kuZEC.is it possible kuenda nenyaya iyi kumacourts.


Joe Brownn 3 weeks ago

we need young people in these influencial positions I support that. The only thing we're against is political affiliation as it is that all these new commissioners are affiliated to Zanu-PF terrorists it jeopardizes chances of having credible elections.



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