Zec appeals for funding

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has appealed to government to urgently bankroll the impending elections.

Rita Makarau, Zec’s chairperson, told Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a closed door meeting today that they  had already devised the general work-plan for the watershed elections, but the commission is still hamstrung by a lack of funding.

“We are prepared for elections but we are still to get funding, this is the issue we were discussing with the Prime Minister,” Makarau said after meeting Tsvangirai. “We told him that government needs to provide resources. Our machinery is on the ground but we need that funding like yesterday.”

Zec requires $132 million to bankroll the make-or-break elections which are set for July 31.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told reporters that government is hunting for funding.

“The minister of Finance (Tendai Biti) promised to run around and source the money while the PM also stressed that government will do everything in their power to ensure that resources are availed to the body,” he said.

Comments (13)

go to zuma and listen to what he is saying and you will get 132mllion zimbabwe is broke sisi rita

kumbirai - 1 July 2013

Nhai Mhai imi zvamaimbotizve muri ready anytime imi musina mari maive ready pachii chaipo, ho pakumakidzira ma time frames asingaite nekuti angotaurwa na Mugabe. Chenjerai kusvipisa CV, chete pamwe mave kuziva kuti CV yacho hachina basa.

wamaromo - 1 July 2013

Come on Rita, you can't say you are prepared yet at the same time say you are broke. We need courageous people who speak truth to power without fear or favour. We miss Simpson Mutambanengwe!

Chimbi Manwa - 1 July 2013

You are a Justice of the Constitutional Court yourself Rita. When your colleagues granted that ridiculous judgement in favour of that CIO Jealousy Mawarire, why did you not chastise them by telling that what they were doing in actual fact was creating a crisis of Leviathan magnitude? Silly Female...

Kwaku Bonsam - 1 July 2013

Saka apa what's the meaning of ready? This makes me miss Learnmore Jongwe- he called a spade a spade!

Dzemura - 1 July 2013

PM Tsvangirai should have asked Rita Makarau what she meant when she told state media that her organisation, ZEC, is ready to conduct elections! Rita cannot claim to be ready when ZEC coffers are empty. If Rita wants to please the 'chaos' faction in zanu pf she leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least. Biti, as Finance Minister, knows that the country is bankrupt but Chinamasa and his 'chaos' faction go on to create a crisis through the misguided chap called Jealousy Mawarire. It's the same Chinamasa and his faction who opposed UNDP from sponsoring elections because they are afraid of being scrutinized by international observers. It's time Chinamasa and faction play the saviours by bailing out ZEC. I presume they promised Rita that they will bail out ZEC at the last minute so that they can create more chaos during elections.

Nkosi Mambo - 2 July 2013

Nkosi Mambo well put, that faction has money from Marange and it will be released 5 days before election day otherwise how do you become ready when you do not have the means? There is no free lunch except mushana but still you spend energy looking for the right spot to sit. But still bring them on because: Hailume gore rino Zanu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Qawe laMaqawe - 2 July 2013


edd - 2 July 2013

So funny how our presidenbt said we are ready for ellection knowing very well we are not, why did he evene say this statement.... All the way from zimbabwe free advertising website

Funny Zimbabweans - 2 July 2013

Thios election is not going to happen, that is a fact zimbabwe free advertising website

Funny Zimbabweans - 2 July 2013

We expect better things from you Mai Makarau kwete zvaChiweshe zvegore riya

Mukaranga - 2 July 2013

I hope ZUMA and his AU brothers are seeing what is happening ,the very institution that runs elections is broke so were is the credibility in all this .this is a comedy show it proves a point that we are not ready for anything .

tonnyi - 3 July 2013


inini - 3 July 2013

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