Baba Jukwa exposes special vote fraud

HARARE - Election officials, security personnel and officers in diplomatic missions cast their ballots through postal voting tomorrow, amid escalating worry over vote rigging.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa have unveiled a well-orchestrated plot to steal the special vote through outright lies, alleged inflation of figures and claims that commanders will be able to tell how officers voted.

Baba Jukwa yesterday morning claimed that special voting is in fact starting today, not tomorrow.

“All opposition parties can you monitor this, it seems Zec is conniving with (names withheld) and crew,” Baba Jukwa wrote.

“The public is told that Sunday is day of voting, but our internal Vapunduki Intelligence Organisation (VIO) that cops will start voting tomorrow.

“On Sunday and Monday they will be voting for the second time and I hope those cops will overwhelmingly teach these evil (name withheld) a lesson they will never forget.

“To hell with him and don’t protect his ill-gotten health or continue making sure that his family enjoy life in Australia.”

Baba Jukwa urged observers to closely monitor the special vote.

“Now my concern is Sadc, AU observers and all party representatives open your eyes open, voting starts tomorrow,” Baba Jukwa said yesterday.

In a daily blizzard of posts, Baba Jukwa has waged an infuriated information war against Zanu PF, a party of which he claims to be a member.

His prediction of Zanu PF legislator Edward Chindori-Chininga’s demise made him even more popular among Zimbabweans, who are desperate for change come the next elections.

Though Zanu PF has rubbished Baba Jukwa’s exposés, his seemingly accurate predictions have rattled the rank and file in the former ruling party.

Of more than 235 000 Baba Jukwa followers, more than 166 943 locals are now following him which translates to 71 percent.

In a Baba Jukwa distribution of fans table, the mole claims he has 43 081 followers in South Africa, 5 633 in the UK, Botswana 2 625, United States 1 508, Australia 1 259, Namibia 1 093, Mozambique 611 while Zambia has 508 followers.

Postal voting is a process where voters cast their ballots by post in advance to ensure that voters who are unable to attend their designated polling stations on the day of elections are allowed to vote early.

The MDC also expressed alarm yesterday: “As MDC we are worried over reports that some police officers are being told that their vote is being screened somewhere,” MDC national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said.

“Let it be known by every police officer that their vote is a secret and they should not be fooled.”

Chamisa told the Daily News that junior police officers should not succumb to intimidation by their bosses.

“We are watching the game. Soon we will expose those who are busy fooling themselves on elections. We want only regular police officers (for special voting) who are on government payroll,” said Chamisa.

During the 2008 disputed poll, members of the uniformed forces complained that they were forced to vote under supervision of their superiors at army camps or police stations.

Rita Makarau, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, has said polling stations for special voting are going to be moved away from barracks.

Over 87 000 requests of special votes have been received for diplomatic missions, police, army and prison guards, with police requesting 69 000 ballots, according to the Zec.

But MDC secretary-general Biti said over 120 000 ballots have been requested.

He said there was need to verify whether the people who are going to vote tomorrow are legit.

“So we have written to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to say prove to us that they are civil servants, number two prove to us that they’re actually going to be deployed on election day because the law requires that two things be shown that you’re a serving member of the force.

Special vote is a privilege not a right otherwise you should queue with us on 31 July,” Biti told the Daily News.

“So to get that privilege of voting before others, you must show that you are a member of the special force and two, you must show that you are actually going to be deployed so those things are areas of contestation so we are going to challenge that.”

Biti, whose ministry is responsible for the salaries of civil servants, said there were 32 000 officers eligible yet there was a request for 120 000 ballots.

“For soldiers and police 120 000 special votes have been applied for but in 2008 we had 5 000,” Biti said.

“At the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zimbabweans who are working in embassies around the world who have the right to vote using postal voting in 2008 there were less than 4 000 postal votes. In total 120 000 votes have been applied for, because they have a thieving spirit.

“Over 5 000 prison guards have applied for special votes, but these don’t need special votes,” he said.
“But to those I say when you get in those ballot boxes, your votes are your secrets, it will be you and your problems alone in that box,” he said.

Biti said this would be the most critical election of this generation as it signified an end to a crisis.
Makarau told civil society leaders on Wednesday: “We are relying on the information that we have from the police that all the applicants are members of the uniformed police. They have given us their names, force numbers and EC numbers and that information will say they are all members of the police force."

“But remember you will be observing the elections, so you will see these men and women in the queue as they cast their vote in public,” she said.

Comments (33)

wen wil all those non-uniformed members who applied for the special vote going to cast theirs? i fear they might miss the train

ndini - 13 July 2013

MDC-T and Morgan Tsvangirai will be seen through this election by our great and might God! As humans'with all our relations and ability will do our part to canvass for the vote and will vote for the much awaited change!

zimbabwesouthafrica politics - 13 July 2013

Very true. Plz plz plz will the mdc verify and tarry physically the exact number of ppl who are going to vote PER EACH AND EVERY POLLING STATION Where I work 12 civil servants were called to apply for the Special Vote as polling officers but only 1 was approved. The rest are gong to be ghost voters I assume.

Elizabeth - 13 July 2013

What do you expect from Zec which is run by the cio. This is the same cio that does the vetting for all Zanu pf candidates

Whesa - 13 July 2013

@Elizabeth. You are correct. Two weeks ago I accompanied my wife to ZECs Cecil House where civil servants who supposedly were earmarked for Special Vote were applying for the Special vote. To my surprise, it was a small queue of less than 300 mainly teachers, We did spent the whole day there and there was no marginal improvement in numbers. If Harare has about 400 people casting their votes where is the 15000 civil servants number claimed by Zec coming from considering we have only 10 provinces. Furthermore it is to my understanding that not all of people who queued were considered for the Special Vote. Something definitely fishy here.

Walle - 13 July 2013

@Elizabeth. You are correct. Two weeks ago I accompanied my wife to ZECs Cecil House where civil servants who supposedly were earmarked for Special Vote were applying for the Special vote. To my surprise, it was a small queue of less than 300 mainly teachers, We did spent the whole day there and there was no marginal improvement in numbers. If Harare has about 400 people casting their votes where is the 15000 civil servants number claimed by Zec coming from considering we have only 10 provinces. Furthermore it is to my understanding that not all of people who queued were considered for the Special Vote. Something definitely fishy here.

Walle - 13 July 2013

Needs no professor to know this is one of the most rigged election of all time. Since age is seriously working against sekuru. Zanu has no option but to cook an election.

Takesure - 13 July 2013

Why should the special vote people be given two days while the main vote of millions is given only one day? Strange things are happening in this election. I hope the SADC and AU observers take note. It is also funny that China, which has no knowledge of democratic elections, is invited as observers. Why don't the MDC formations also invite their own observers since those invited by ZEC are ZPF observers.

Chenjerai Hove - 13 July 2013

If you see Zanu pf now considering ordinary teachers for the Special Vote, definitely something is cooking this year. Previously this was a privilege for uniformed forces

Razaro - 13 July 2013

If you see Zanu pf now considering ordinary teachers for the Special Vote, definitely something is cooking this year. Previously this was a privilege for uniformed forces

Razaro - 13 July 2013

If you see Zanu pf now considering ordinary teachers for the Special Vote, definitely something is cooking this year. Previously this was a privilege for uniformed forces

Razaro - 13 July 2013

If you see Zanu pf now considering ordinary teachers for the Special Vote, definitely something is cooking this year. Previously this was a privilege for uniformed forces

Razaro - 13 July 2013

What of the 2 million first timers who were denied the right to register to vote

Mupunga - 13 July 2013

Ndiani asina kukwana achirikuda Mugabe&zanupf??

Stop-a-Thief - 13 July 2013

ZRP this is your golden chance to do away with chihuri. Use yr vote wisely. Do not be misled. Yr vote is yr secret.

Dehwa - 14 July 2013

I think we should all respect others and be tolerable to different political views.insulting others just because they have a differing view is what has created all these problems. its always difficult to agree especially if those views are too different like in our case but insulting others is backward and undemocratic.

major - 14 July 2013

All of you, you can say whatever you want but the bottom line is Mugabe and his ZANU PF should go. Let us give others a chance!! God help us.

Taneta - 14 July 2013

we need new zimbabwe please even special vote ikabirwa nayo hazvirambidze new zimbabwe what we want is new president for new zimbabwe

robinsen - 15 July 2013

Zimbabweans,now is the time.Failure to rid ourselves of the dictatorship will rest squarely on us.Zimbabwean please let us not wait to see anyone doind it for us,let us vote and free ourselves.Vabatsi vangangozouya badzi kana mampara opamha kurambirapo seakanamirwa namo.Maoko mudenga!!!

nathaniel - 15 July 2013

Mugabe nemahure ako zvakwana mofamba zvakanaka tozoonana kumberi ikoko

joe - 15 July 2013

Yaa-a, thats exactly what we wanted you to do. Complain, baby cry, complain again while we quietly campaign.Hanzi Mugabe akura haachagoni. Sekuru vako iwe vane 68 years chete asi havamisidzane naBob, you are running scared.By the way, how is the coalition doing? i mean the grand coalition. what benefit do you think you will get from combining forces with Reketayi Semwayo?You are in the habit of celebrating nothing futi apa. Makapembera kwazvo muchibva kuMaputo iye zvino masvava. Chokwadi ndechekuti muri kutya maelection aya. Feya feya pasina support yemaoutsiders MDC-T haihwinhe chinhu.

mafira kureva - 16 July 2013

Zanu will romp to victory regardless of these blatant lies and evil scheming from the party of puppets and prostitutes!

bizora - 16 July 2013

the special vote is asing for names to be addressed on envelopes. look out on this MDC

tinashe chari - 16 July 2013

the special vote is asing for names to be addressed on envelopes. look out on this MDC

cytron - 16 July 2013

zwe needs rescue

alibi gysham - 16 July 2013

MDC-T 80% ZANU PF -18% MDC - M - 2%

Gamuchirai Mqandu - 16 July 2013

Important point of correction to Zimbos, journalists and readers around the world caught up in the Baba Jukwa's crusade – ASIJIKI, Baba Jukwa's 'battle-cry' is NOT a Shona word. It is derived from a Zulu/Ndebele word 'ukujika' which means to turn back or retreat. ASIJKI simply means that we will NOT retreat until victory or victory is certain against the enemy. Remember Margaret Thatcher berating her loud critics demanding that she reverse her key policies, she retorted that “This lady is not for turning” – she was an ASIJIKI of British politics. Watch out Zimbos, Baba Jukwa seems dead serious. Zulus/Ndebeles do not use that word lightly either when they swear against their eternal detractors. It is a battle-cry to achieve final victory and was used extensively during Gukurahundi. As you all are aware, majority of Ndebeles have consistently voted wisely since. No doubt BJ knows that legacy which is now almost national in character in 2013.

Muthi Nyathi - 16 July 2013

wat wil be new about zimba don't count chick b4 they are hathed

Odreck Mambeu - 17 July 2013

BABA JUKWA chimbwa chekuEurope neAmerica intelligence workingbn in cahoots with Mdc to discredit ZANU PF,pfutseki mhani, manje hatidzokeri shure rwendo rwuno bhora mugedhi, GUSHUNGO CHETE CHETE

MWANA WEVHU - 17 July 2013

MACHINJA MAWACHA RWENDO RWUNO MAVE KUTYA MAELECTIONS ANONZI BOB IYEYE , GABRIERE MUTMWA WAMWARI MUZIMBABWE

BOB - 17 July 2013

And when the CIO staff planted @ the ZEC started to notice that the majority of people were voting for the MDC, word was quickly sent to the handlers and the only way to stop the massive voting for the MDC was to disrupt the whole process. And now the ZEC unlawfully says those that could not vote can vote on 31 July not realising that it means some people will be voting twice for the MDC. The whole thing has boomaranged against Zanu pfu and they don't know which way to go. Total confusion arising from their rigging efforts

Mukanya waSvosve - 19 July 2013

This JUKWA GUY or these JUKWA guys behave like witches. They are there to incite unneccessary fights. They should not be taken serious.

Lance HANDINYARI - 20 July 2013

JUKWA is saying what he and his friends are suspecting not the truth. How could it be known that they were vovint for MDC when it was a secret ballot? Who said they were not allowed to vote for MDC against a constitutional right? Where is the rigging?

Lance HANDINYARI - 20 July 2013

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