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Zim electoral body probed over fraud

By Farayi Machamire

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is making moves to probe the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) over widespread allegations of fraud, corruption and flouting of tender processes for election material dating back to the 2013 harmonised poll.

ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau address a media briefing while flanked by deputy chairperson Mr Emmanuel Magade (left) and chief elections officer Mrs Constance Chigwamba (right) in Harare. -(Picture by Innocent Makawa)
Then ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau address a media briefing while flanked by deputy chairperson Mr Emmanuel Magade (left) and chief elections officer Mrs Constance Chigwamba (right) in Harare. -(Picture by Innocent Makawa)

The probe threatens to suck in senior officials and ultimately former Zec chairperson Rita Makarau, who was at the helm of the electoral body before she abruptly resigned last month.

This comes as former ministers and senior State enterprises officials — who served in deposed ex-president Robert Mugabe’s government — have been arrested and brought before the courts, in an anti-graft crackdown that could net more suspected officials.

Zacc commissioner Goodson Nguni confirmed that the anti-graft body was zooming in on Zec following a tip-off.

“We will start on it soon,” Nguni said of the probe, adding that Zacc “received a letter” from an anonymous person alerting them of the corruption concerns at the electoral body.

Among the items under investigation is the purchase of tents, computers and stationery for election-related purposes back dating to the 2013 general elections.

Zacc has also been furnished with documentation regarding senior Zec officials who allegedly flouted tender processes in exchange for kickbacks and bribes.

It has not yet been established how much government was prejudiced, but insiders believe the State may have lost huge sums.

Reached for comment yesterday, Zec acting chairperson Emmanuel Magade could neither confirm nor deny the development.

“I will not stand in the way of justice if anyone is being implicated for any wrongdoing,” he told the Daily News.

This comes as Zacc is finalising investigations on several corruption matters.  DailyNews

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  • Hmmmmmmm those instructions were from Bob

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  • Nikuv

  • Hakuna anosara rwendo runo

  • Sungai vanhu

  • this Zacc is fake real looters like obert mpofu are free and they are busy with people who steal matemba

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  • Muhard

    It doesn’t take an entire corruption committee to figure out that there was corruption, why would an independent electoral commission keep the voters role secret unless they were corruptly defrauding the people out of a proper vote. The worst thing is that this Makarau did everything in her power to ensure the voters fraud role was hidden and she also blocked many appeals as she had judicial influence, makes no sense the person you appeal to is the same person who made the obviously corrupt decision. It’s also crazy she just walked away from the mess untouched.

  • With the rate at which corruption is bieng unearthed in Zimbabwe,it seems as if all movements sections is corruption ,so does this bring the notion that ,the whole system needs overhaul,,.and what does that mean !!!!!!

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  • HAKUNA ANOSARA EVEN THOSE VARIPEDYO SAANA OBERT MPOFU VAKATEIWA

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  • Eish propaganda idzo they think pple are blind they where under instruction ZEC yakamboshanda kupi isina kuudzwa zvekuita bataizve aivatuma vacho kuda kutifadza ne nhema nxaa