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Retire Tobaiwa Mudede: MDC

By Bridget Mananavire

Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has asked Parliament to retire Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede on the grounds he has long passed the retirement age.

President Mugabe follows proceedings while flanked by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa (far left), the Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo (extreme right) after officially opening the National Passport Production Centre in Harare
President Mugabe follows proceedings while flanked by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa (far left), the Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo (extreme right) after officially opening the National Passport Production Centre in Harare

As first reported by the Daily News last month,  government is violating public service regulations by keeping in its employ bureaucrats who are way past their pensionable age.

Topping the list is Mudede, who is 74 years of age.

Mudede has been in charge of all elections held in Zimbabwe since 1981, amid accusations by the ruling Zanu PF’s rivals of ballot fraud favouring the governing party.

The country’s electoral processes are, however, now being overseen by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, headed by Justice Rita Makarau.

Harare West MDC legislator Jessie Majome asked the Home Affairs minister to notify the National Assembly just before it adjourned for three weeks when the Registrar–General was born and if he is above the age of 65 years, why has he not retired from the Civil Service.

Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni said: “Thank you very much Hon. Member for your question.  However, this issue lies in the hands of the Public Service Commission. Those are the people who are running the ages, retrenchment and everything to do with employment.”

Civil service regulations on pensionable age and retirement, state that a member appointed on pensionable terms of service before May 1, 1992, shall have a pensionable age of 65 years, while those appointed afterwards shall have a pensionable age of 60.

The regulations also provide that the “paymaster shall, on the 1st (of) June each year, provide all heads of ministry or department with a list of members who will reach the age of 55, 60 or 65 years during the ensuing year.”

Mudede has been in the eye of a storm after saying only holders of machine readable plastic identity cards will be able to register to vote, while those with metal cards would be excluded.

Zimbabweans on micro-blogging site Twitter slammed Mudede for trying to cause confusion in the voting process.

Brian Makamure‏ who uses the twitter handle @mukwidigwi wrote:  “Mudede is just a past his best-by date beaurucrat looking for relevance. Stick to family planning issues man.”

Former MDC minister Jameson Timba‏ said on Twitter:  “Tobaiwa Mudede must not be allowed anywhere near anything remotely called an election. Even for a burial society election.”

@BelieveCitizen wrote: “Civic society should push for the retirement of Tobaiwa Mudede. The clown, I believe, is over the retirement age of 65.”

Another Twiiter user by the handle @mmatigary: “Mudede’s story about metal IDs, if true, shows he is a mental now.  By issuing statements he has no authority to, Mudede caused alarm & despondency. He must be arrested.” Daily News

  • That’s a real fact.

  • Its true

  • The man has no place in world. His only good contribution was advising the Zimbabweans to desist from birth control so that we occupy our place in the lebensraum.

  • What if Tobaiwa says koo President aripo wani vanotii?

  • Mudede is Bob, Bob is Mudede. T. Mudede is the nerve of Zanu s winning ways.

  • It’s just a matter of time

  • There is no retirement aged in zim

  • He is learning from his boss i think everyone in zanu they are old bustards they have to retire we are tired

  • Saka kana vari kuharvest house machinda nemadzimai ndozvanenge vachingoita havo!!?? Tsvee zvekuita campaign vomhanyidzana nezvinhu zvavanonyatsoziva kuti hazviitwe navo!! Nxm

  • U must say kill mudede not to retire because no one in zanu ndonga pf has ever retire but to die in office so please correct your statement

  • Chiwenga , Chihuri and all Ministers are now in retired age.

  • Really Mugabes is way way way….y past retirement how about that

  • Ndizvo zvinonetsa opposition dzemuno, kuda kutanga kudzinga usati wava pachinzwimbo. In politics hapadi kudaro, there is need to give false hope to those that are in influential positions kuti kana ukapinda unovakwidziridza than zvavatori. In politics u need everyone on your side including your enemies. Desire to win them over not to destroy them coz surely they wl destroy you before u bcome powerful

  • President first

  • But Mugabe will surpass the same twice in just 26 years,the retirement restriction must be scrapped in Zimbabwe

  • Tsvangirai also has passed president age!

  • MDC Anti rigging unit in action.
    Tobaiwa Mudede is their first target

  • My point exactly!

  • Ngaatipewo mukana.kwaabva kwave kure.

  • Is he over 93?

  • Imi Save term yenyu yakaperawo wani mumusangano

  • ……………Uzumba. Maramba . Pfungweee, eee-eh thirty seven thousand, five hundred and ninety seven….

  • . . . . . while your political rival is busy mobilising the youth

  • Na boss wake

  • Thats not your call to make

  • Mukanya

    Retiring the king pin of RIGGING!!!

  • hameno ngaende anomuudza ega arikuda kuti aretireye wacho

  • It will Neva be their call they don’t have the power we won’t lose sleep over that