Guilty ones afraid

HARARE - The guilty are always afraid.

On Wednesday, a High Court judge interdicted the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) from launching and publicising a critique of the voters’ roll.

The interdict came after Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar-General of Voters filed an urgent chamber application seeking an order barring RAU from launching an analysis of the voters’ register.

To obfuscate the matter, Mudede claimed that RAU was trying to assume powers which the Constitution gives to his office by launching or publishing the voters’ rolls in Harare. That was a falsehood.

Based on this, the High Court issued an interdict on the strength of false claims by Mudede that RAU wanted to launch a voters’ roll when in fact they wanted to launch an analysis of the voters’ register.

We fully agree with RAU that just a phone call from the registrar-general’s office to RAU to confirm what they intended to launch would have helped clear the air.

Just what is Mudede scared of?

After all, the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) had acknowledged receipt of the preliminary RAU report which was going to be launched.

Besides the frivolity of Mudede’s action, RAU also highlighted a number of anomalies in this court process, including the fact that the order for an interdict was granted and the application was admitted and decided yet the Certificate of Urgency, which makes part of the application, was not signed as is required by law.

It was also unprocedural and an abuse of the justice system and court process the fact that RAU was not served with the application when it was filed with the High Court and that they only received it at the same time as the order for the interdict.

What is happening here?

After reviewing RAU’s critique of the voters’ roll, there was absolutely nothing subversive about the report but just hard facts.

The report stated that at least two million people between the ages of 18 and 30 were not registered voters.

There were one million people who are either deceased or departed who are still on the voters’ roll.

There is a high number of registrations by women in the rural provinces than men while it is the reverse for women in metropolitan provinces.

In Harare, the registration rate of women is 63 percent while 83 percent of men are registered voters.

However, in Mashonaland Central, the rate of registration is 92 percent for women and 90 percent for men.

Some of the key findings were that 63 constituencies had registered more voters than inhabitants while 41 constituencies deviated from the average number of voters per constituency by more than the permissible 20 percent.

Is this the information that Mudede was frantically trying to hide? Like they say, the guilty are always afraid.

Comments (2)

This game is about to get nasty the key players in this drama very soon are going to be pointing fingers and blaming each other in public ,not forgetting the JUDGES of cause they will start giving dates of any case brought by MDC to be heard less than a week to election date .Now SADC & AU of cause not forgetting MR ZUMA are you going to finance this one .it remains to be seen if they preach what they practise.

JUSTICE ONETIME - 19 July 2013

This game is about to get nasty the key players in this drama very soon are going to be pointing fingers and blaming each other in public ,not forgetting the JUDGES of cause they will start giving dates of any case brought by MDC to be heard less than a week to election date .Now SADC & AU of cause not forgetting MR ZUMA are you going to finance this one .it remains to be seen if they preach what they practise.

JUSTICE ONETIME - 19 July 2013

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