Nikuv paid $10 million to rig polls: MDC

HARARE - Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed astonishing claims that the Registrar General’s office paid controversial Israeli-based company, Nikuv Projects International (NPI) over $10 million to assist Zanu PF rig the July 31 polls.

The MDC exposed the sensitive details in a court application filed yesterday, in which  Tsvangirai is contesting the presidential election result.

According to the court application filed at the Constitutional Court yesterday, MDC sensationally claims that registrar of voters Tobaiwa Mudede made several payments to Nikuv to assist the party in rigging the election between January and July this year.

The Daily News has in its possession court papers with reference numbers of telegraphic transfers allegedly made to the Nikuv.

“What is also worrying is the involvement of an Israeli firm Nikuv Projects International, an Israeli firm in the development, management and manipulation of the voters’ roll.

In a letter dated 12 July 2013, Zec denied the involvement of Nikuv in the preparation of the voters’ roll.

“However, we have it on record that Nikuv has been operating in Zimbabwe since the 1990s.

“We present the table (below) payments that were done by the Registrar General’s office to Nikuv between February and July 2013,” the party claims.

The court document details how the Registrar General’s office made transactions involving several thousands of dollars to the firm through the telegraphic transfers.

According to court papers, $10 578 335 was paid to the company for the job.

The MDC has claimed that systematic rigging and various election irregularities, including voters’ roll anomalies and the contracting of Nikuv, were used to manipulate the votes in favour of Zanu PF.

A private South African-based intelligence, Nasini Projects also sensationally revealed last week that the Israeli firm supplied a special watermarked ballot, which was used to give Mugabe and Zanu PF a resounding victory. This could not be independently verified.

Though Zec and the Registrar General have denied contracting Nikuv to work on the voters’ roll, the Israeli firm on its website cites Zimbabwe’s electoral process as one of its success projects.

“Using and implementing the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies in the field, NIP has successfully carried out large-scale projects in the government sector in various African countries,” the group wrote on its website.

The shadowy group went on to claim that part of its successful projects in Zimbabwe include assistance in the country’s population registration system, election system — presidential, parliamentary, local government and senatorial elections, referendum, passports system, ID card system, human resource system, birth and death system marriage/divorce system.

The Israeli firm is alleged to have been involved in activities in Angola, Zambia and Lesotho among other African countries.

The controversial firm was taken to court in 1996 in Zambia on allegations of election rigging.

Its engagement in the country’s poll system was rejected after opposition parties unearthed the group’s record of meddling with the voters’ roll and their suspected rigging expeditions.

“Nikuv was hired to prepare the voter registers’ roll in 1995, prior to the 1996 parliamentary and presidential elections.

“These rolls were rejected by Zambia’s opposition, because preliminary checks revealed anomalies such as people being placed in wrong polling stations, incorrect names and in some cases, people who had registered to vote were simply omitted in the final registers,” a Zambian website, Zambiawatchdog.com revealed.

“While in the past voters were issued with voters cards on registration, under the new system voters had to collect cards at a later date. The registration exercise failed to capture a large number of eligible voters.

“Out of about 4,5 million eligible voters, only 2,3 million registered. In a number of cases, voters were registered under wrong polling stations and as a result, were unable to find their names in the registers on polling day.

A more serious problem to emerge was the large number of cases of people who had the same national registration numbers,” Zambiawatchdog.com wrote.

In Lesotho, the firm’s offices were recently raided by the country’s Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offenses over a suspicious  $30 million passport contract amid allegations of bribery, while in Botswana it got a controversial $9, 42 million contract with the country’s Home Affairs and registry offices.

*Below is a table showing the details of the telegraphic transfers the MDC alleges were made to Nikuv.


Comments (40)

Even without Nikuv there's no way civilian parties lik MDCs would have defeated the ZanuPF military dictatorship. ZanuPF has got the military, police and militias to coerce people in the rural areas to vote for ZanuPF and no one can stop that. Morgan has wasted a lot of time trying to create his own artificial division between the military and ZanuPF when is is one and the same. ZanuPF is the military and the military is ZanuPF. Mugabe is just a powerless facade of the military dictatorship. These are basic facts which Zimbabwean politicians are unable to grasp. They are all in denial. Even if there is a re-run of the mock elections ZanuPF will still win because they have the machinery to coerce people to vote for ZanuPF.

Chin - 10 August 2013

The transactions show kuti maitomirira mari dzatinenge tabhadhara kuma passport, id, birth,,mobva mazoita transfer....shame on you,,,nyangwe mukazviramba asi muri........ndabva ndashaya kana izwi.... Nhamo yasarira imi, isu NIKUV mari toidya yemarema.

NIKUV - 10 August 2013

MDC lost and that is that. Everything is a wild goose chase to save face. Maruza chete.

Scholastica. - 10 August 2013

Tsvangirai, you are worsting your time about this NIKUV. NIKUV don't rig they way yu claim. you were rigged by dining with baba jukwa thinking apanduka. That's what NIKUV did to zanu pf strategically. This vote rigging is not true, the truth is you never planned for the election hoping the people of zimbabwe still love you. NIKUV and Zanu planned, strategised, worked every day whilst you were busy with marriage and devorce.

tsaa - 10 August 2013

I know of 2 young ladies who were given new identity documents and registered to vote in nyanga by an aspiring mp who owns a college. He bussed these people to nyanga on polling day but they are in fact so called former alliens.

magame - 10 August 2013

The other thing mugabe was sure of was to rush the elections but let me ask again frow all positive zimbabweans please analyse for me what were the achievements of the SADC appointed facilitating team ,if I can ask and for the Election road map what is it that they achieve .The only thing so far was the new constitution of Zim but what else, you people you were not serious never be intimidated if they say you are interfering with our judicial system to whom these patsan concourt judges reports to.I say all the loopholes and rigging was as result of you working in gvt you were suppose to negotiate everyting when you are not in GVT you people we thought you are educated but you are not where was your check list.You went into this election without a check list of compliance other ways it was better you were suppose to bycott.In next elections in future if you did not have a check list of compliance you will not win but Bob has one check list thats why every time he has better hand. Machinja kana maifunga kuti hondo yapera haisati asi yatotanga anenge achida kupinda MUGVT hazvinei kuti vakakunda nemavhoti mangani isu vavhoti tinoti takabirwa imi musina zvamakaita no matter the outcome of the patsan concourt .I say no new elections no wayforward Kuti SADC yacho ione kuti hapana zvayakaita

dofo - 10 August 2013

ko ma$500.00 akapiwa mapurisa ndeeyi kana pasina rigging

ndapererwa - 10 August 2013

Musatye MDC T. Vaburitsirei umbowo hwese. Kuhwina kana kuruza hazvinei, asi chikuru kuti mhomho yeZimbabwe izive chokwadi chezvakaitika

Batai Munhu - 10 August 2013

TSAA ndinoda kumbokutsigira varume awa wakabirwa /wakabirisa maelections edu nekuti havana kuplanner ndizvo zvandinoreva pandati check list paAticle yangu iri pamusoro.uwa udze kuti ngava tore maCAS awabatsire maloya anyanyisa kuwanda zvisina basa you are overlooking zvimwe zvinhu izwa kuti pane varikuendesa mCV EUMAYORSHIP VATOKWANGANWA manje anenge angoda zvekupinda mu this unfaithfully gvt hatimuvhoteri futi... NARINE MUPANDUKI NGABUDE MDC T MACHO. ME I need that change for my future zvagushungo kwete kwete.voter

dofo - 10 August 2013

Saka vaminister of FINANCE MR tresuary Biti maingobhadhara mari chete kubva kuma requisitions musinga zivi zvaitengwasu. Varume dzorai masimba ese amaipagushungo imimi takakuisai mberi mese imi varume vari ku top executive ye mdc ndinoda mhinduro kwamuri. saka tinotyemei kuti munyika mari hatina ko iyiyi yaibvepi muchiyima macivil service mari. This people of zimbabwe must invetigate this abuse of state coffers mudede and makarau must be sued and brought to court to explain this

dofo - 10 August 2013

OMG...so its tru

chokwadi - 10 August 2013

A look at the figures and will show that June and July are the months of intense activity for this company.An analysis shows that this company was paid a staggering 12 payments in the month of July.This was immediately after the Mawarire Case judgement by ConCourt.It shows someone somewhere had now established the elections where done deal and Nikuv was now working 24/7 hours to ensure the doctored voters roll was completed before July31.

Squarebasher - 10 August 2013

huu inga zvakaoma. Majaji econcourt apinda basa. Itongei vanamutongi gava zvakanaka. Mukangoti regai tirashe muchazviexposser

Taurazvakoshasha Tigarisane - 10 August 2013

Mombe dzakadya munda toshora mombe here kana mufudzi? Food for thought vakomana ve chinja. Isutanga takatemba kuti murikuona irikutambika, meanwhile, makadhakwa nemupfuhwira hwe Monday tea-hobvu na Bob.

mufudzi - 10 August 2013

It is common knowledge kuti when you enter a competition, e small print reads ' the decision of the judges is final, no correspondence shall be entered ,,,etc'. Hence, whether ZEC or Concourt, if you enter into an election or litigate in a court, by definition it means you agree to abide by the decision. You cannot then turn around after judgement and say zvakazoti zvakazoti. Especially not after USD150million has been spent on the election! Go home and rest my friend, you ran a good race, but taneta newe.

competition rules - 10 August 2013

Screaming headlines to buttress mdc case won't help much in a court of law. All you get is public opinion in your favour , nothing else.

Free fair - 10 August 2013

Gukurahundi Zanu PF should answer to one question - why do you resist electoral and political reforms that do not advantage your opponents against you any more than they advantage your opponets against you? In other words, if the reforms equalise all of you in terms of chances of winning or losing the elections, what exactly then is the problem?

Phunyukabemphethe - 10 August 2013

The money paid to Nikuv should have been used for something better - like paying civil servants better salaries, refurbishing our hospitals and stock them with up-to-date medicine or sprucing up our national universities. Mudede could have done what Nikuv has done.

Gondobwe - 10 August 2013

Nikuv are even boastful of their Zim project yet Mdede denies ever courting them Go to their official website http://nipprojects.com/

Guruuswa - 10 August 2013

Nikuv are even boastful of their Zim project yet Mdede denies ever courting them Go to their official website http://nipprojects.com/

Guruuswa - 10 August 2013

Mari iyi yakabva kupiko? Where did this money come from? Couldn't gvt revenue have been used for something better guys. Zanu-PF should simply announce that Zimbabwe is a one party state so that people don't bother about elections. Zvitori nani tongoziba kuti muZimbabwe hamuna ma-elections.

Gondobwe - 10 August 2013

mdc t yes

Trustman Sweetman Magwaro - 11 August 2013

zvinorwadza, but we need to pin our hopes on God.

yaa - 11 August 2013

Boniface taura hako shamwari vanhu ava we mdc vane zvese asi wese vaneusimbe musashore munhu one(1) asi vese musatemba veMacourts kana veSEC even any other body asi garai ne vanhu maindividuals pasi umwe neumwe sector by sector palastatal by palastatal village by village zvamaimboita paya pachina uya nhamo Musekiwa akarohwa ne zanu pf akazofira SA.Mari apa dzichishandaka 85% yevanhu vemuzimbabwean iri kwamuri imi veMDC T asi muriku lack strategy chero kubira imi munotadza kubirawo seiko zvinotarisai mhuri yese yezim wanochema nemi mabirisa mai election edu kubva pa 15% of the population to 61% .15% Ndiwo mavhoti chaiwo evanhu vanoda zanu ....... 61% iyoyo ndenyu we MDC T

dofo - 11 August 2013

CDE R G MUGABE, ZANU PF AND THE RIGGING MACHINERY STAFF I WISH YOU THE BEST IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE NEXT ELECTION IF THE EVERLIVING GOD HAS BEEN NOT WATCHING YOU. IF HE HAS HE WILL SPEAK SOON.

Blood of Christ - 11 August 2013

Rigging is a name used by all oposition parties in the world. If you know what is rigging, then why didnt you stop it. The fact remains the same, Zanu pf won freely, fairly and credible. While tsvangirai was busy threaning local, traditional and religious leaders, Mugabe was busy begging for votes and it is this paper and newsday that gave tsvangirai a wrong perception of victory yet there was non. Newsday reported... follow them, dump them referring to mutare rally then people came in numbers to support the party kwonzi NDABIRIRWA. tsvangirai referre to the police force as wana ndamubata surely even with a sense of smell alone would you give such an idiot your VOTE???. following mdc bandwagon is like following wind hapana chawainacho kana chinooneka but you hopefulls continue finding the colour of wind kkk

Moral T - 11 August 2013

TOBAIWA MUDEDE AND A G STAFF ARE YOU A GOD CREATION OR DEVIL WORSHIPERS? MUDEDE YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS RIGGING GAME FOR QUIT A VERY LONG LONG LONG TIME AND GOD WAS WATCHING YOU GIVING YOU LIFE TO CHEAT HIS PEOPLE WHO ARE IRONICALLY PRAYING FOR A BETTER LIFE FREE FROM TARGETED KILLINGS AND INTIMIDATION AND HOPE. PLEASE REPENT PLEASE REPENT REPENT PLEASE BY TELLING THE TRUTH THIS TIME THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND. (anyone who reads this tell him)

The Cross carried by Christ - 11 August 2013

The recent news makes even sad reading. A party that claims to represent he aspirations of the people pays a whooping 10 million to achieve evil! Had that money been used to rescue bleeding companies in Bulawayo it would have been achievement. Now to the hypocrites in SADC: for any assignment one is given a number of instructions, if you miss on an instruction you probably lose the points. One of the instructions to the stakeholders in the GPA was the so-called election road-map, was that ever implemented? Tell the world why you are silent about the election road map. A few weeks before the sham elections you did state that the country was not ready for an election, now that the elections are over does it mean you lied? SADC and President Zuma need show their credibility and it starts with Zimbabwe. Other way, African solutions for Africans is nothing but dictatorship disguised!

Regalia - 11 August 2013

WITH RECENT EVIDENCE EMERGING THAT 2 AMERICAN CONGESSMEN WERE BRIBED TO LIFT ZIM SANCTIONS, I ALSO STRONGLY FEEL THE FREEDOM HOUSE SURVEY WAS PART OF THE RIGGING PLAN. SOMEONE PROB THEM. THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT

Delliwe - 12 August 2013

There could be proof that Nikuv was paid but is there proof that the unregistered and omitted and mis-spelt are all MDC(T) supporters? Is there proof that the money was for rigging? Biti and Gutu you are lawyers and know there is something called evidence. GROW UP. Cant blame Chris Mhike because that's more money for his law firm. Good business for him.

muvengwa munondivengerei - 12 August 2013

There could be proof that Nikuv was paid but is there proof that the unregistered and omitted and mis-spelt are all MDC(T) supporters? Is there proof that the money was for rigging? Biti and Gutu you are lawyers and know there is something called evidence. GROW UP. Cant blame Chris Mhike because that's more money for his law firm. Good business for him.

muvengwa munondivengerei - 12 August 2013

MUGABE, REPENT AND BE FORGIVEN, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. AT 89 YOU MAY DIE ANY SECOND. WHAT CAN A MAN GET IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL, HELL IS REAL, THERE SHALL BE WAILING, WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH. IF U ARE SUPPORTING THESE THIEVES YOU ARE PARTAKERS OF EVERLASTING FIRE WITH THEM, YET THEY BENEFITED FRON THEIR MISCIEF WHILE YOU WALLOWED IN POVERTY. SHAME ON YOU ZANU PF SUPPORTERS,

SHAME ON MUGABE - 13 August 2013

Can the bank that was used (seems like FBC from the reference numbers) submit the payment instructions for these transactions. We need to scrutinise the supporting evidence of "goods purchased / services rendered" for these transactions! Or lets have the contract document for this transaction!

mwaitaa - 13 August 2013

MDC - T. That is the Progressive Peoples' Party. We stand by your leadership MRT.

chipolopolo - 14 August 2013

WHERE IS THE LETTERHEAD TO PROVE THAT IT SI A STATEMENT FROM NIKUV

munya - 14 August 2013

Here are the results of running parallel government structures. Under normal circumstances, the revenue collected for passport processing should have been surrendered to the Ministry Of Finance as they are the custodians of government revenue. But this unfortunate scenario clearly depicts the dangers of one arm of government engaging in unauthorized deals of buying dangerous weapons of mass destruction for personal gain. Those who purport to be in power certainly do not represent the aspirations of the majority of the populace. They are like rapists who force themselves on innocent victims because of the victims' weakened positions. Let the people decide through a referendum; those for ZANU vote YES and those against vote NO and see which one will carry the day.

tomasi tohwi - 14 August 2013

Those who wish to verify the authenticity of the transfers above you can actually use the Bank reference to do so.Thot this mit be helpful to the Illiterate .

Mazimbo Vhuraimeso - 15 August 2013

Its seems to me that everyone is now in the Audit Mode, I like it when people are driven by the corporate desire to know the truth. Then let the auditors do thier work and stop muzzling ZEC. Rinemanyanga hariputirwe musaga.

Achimwene - 15 August 2013

Of all the commentators who cared to make comments, no one stopped and asked what these moneys were paid for and whether they were for real paid to Nikuv because these were said to be alleged payments to Nikuv. In the article, Botswana was said to have engaged the company for its esteemed expert services, if this company is employed to 'play' with the voters' roll, what is it that could be said about Ian Khama?

sakadzo - 16 August 2013

israel another ugly face of rws

luke - 5 September 2013

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