Nikuv mum on Zim-bound cargo

HARARE - Israeli firm Nikuv Projects International has declined to shed light on the contents and the client associated with the seven large containers that the controversial company is shipping to Zimbabwe.

“Please note that ethical business practice does not permit us to discuss any of our client’s business affairs with third parties,” Anat Saadon, a Nikuv representative said in an e-mailed response to the Daily News.

“However, if you have any questions about our organisation and not any of our client’s business, kindly feel free to submit your questions,” Saadon added.

Nikuv’s reluctance to shed light on the shipment, which the opposition fears contains materials meant to manipulate and rig the crucial 2018 national elections, will do little to douse the suspicions.

According to a shipping memo that the Daily News saw last week, the seven containers are already at the South African Port of Durban, having been dispatched from Herzlia, Israel, in January.

The opposition alleges that the shipments stem from a surreptitious agreement signed last year by the Zimbabwe Registrar General’s office and Nikuv, amid fears that the materials are meant to be used to fix the crucial 2018 vote which President Robert Mugabe is unlikely to take part in due to advanced age.

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson said: “The shipments point to some seedling which is taking place ahead of the next election, whenever it is going to be held. Unfortunately, Nikuv and its seedling have dismally failed to rig the economy which is on a free fall.”

Tobaiwa Mudede, Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, flatly refused to entertain questions from the Daily News last week about the consignment, and went on to eject reporting crew from the newspaper from a government function after being questioned about the shipment.

But the documents seen by the Daily News show that the suspicious consignment is being handled by a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and are protected by intense security protocol.

MSC Logistics, the Durban-based import controller and co-regulator of the transfers, also told the Daily News last week that its client confidentiality contracts precluded it from disclosing any information to the public, although it did confirm that the final destination for the bills was Harare.

A problem appeared to have developed after the Nikuv containers reached Durban Port and after the clearing agent tried to process their onward transportation to Harare.

It was apparently decided that the name and address of the recipient, Nikuv, was likely to attract attention and blow the lid on the clandestine shipment, allegedly leading to the addressee being changed to Registrar General, Harare.

A Durban-based official who claimed to have knowledge of the containers alleged that: “There are materials (in the containers) used for elections, as well as IT equipment meant for the same purpose.

“That is why they are stuck here because the whole process was supposed to be carried out very secretly to avoid detection of the contents”.

Meanwhile, reports from Malawi say activists there also fear that the shipment is meant for their country’s forthcoming national elections, rather than Zimbabwe’s 2018 vote.

Comments (10)

It's funny that NIKUV talks of ethics. More like Lucifer talking about the importance of going to heaven. The NIKUV crooks have nothing to say because they are guilty as charged!

Labious Chokocha - 7 April 2014

Nikuv? Do you mean those Israeli fellows who went to Buhera to help Tsvangirai with his gardening? Well, they are probably importing seed and other inputs for Tsvangirai's farm in Kwekwe. Imbubvunzai Save vangangoziva kuti macontainer anei.

machakachaka - 7 April 2014

Yes, Machakachaka, both Morgan Tsvangirai and Thokozani Khupe had some drip irrigation erected at their homesteads. The two, Thoko and Morgan, are damn idiots with no discretion at all. Nikuv was at their homesteads and was able to monitor them for a long time while they were unaware and were actually paying Nikuv for spying on them !

Seke Mutema - 7 April 2014

@ Machakachaka @ Seke. You are right guys, I remember reading a story in the Mail & Guardian detailing how an associate company of Nikuv was hired by both Tsvangirai and his MDC-T deputy to do some irrigation projects at their rural homes. It's a bit strange that the 2 leaders separately enganged a NIKUV company to do some private work for them. Do Tsvangirai and Khupe think of the same thing at about the same time? How come both had money for their similar projects at the same time? This cannot be coincidental. Morgan Tsvangirai has sold out to ZANU PF. Remember how he became Mugabe's apologist during GNU? It's all beginning to add up!

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gallerycartridges - 8 April 2014

Yes. I agree with Ndizvo Chaizvo. Now, Mangoma has a point when he says Morgan married a Zanu pf daughter and is working with Zanu pf. See?

machakachaka - 8 April 2014

gentlemen lots not mix facts here will are not talking of irrigation we are talking of election material how does the two mix.

kizito zanyunyu - 8 April 2014

The two do mix. According to the government and Zanu pf, Nikuv were contracted by government to assist with voters roll issues. According to the MDC-T Nikuv were used by Zanu pf ro rig elections. Then we have Morgan being assisted by the same Nikuv fellows with his gardening in Buhera. In all cases Theresa Makone, Morgan's right hand woman, was the co-minister of Home Affairs, the ministry that supervises the registrar general who compiled the voters roll with the assistance of Nikuv. Makone even travelled to Nikuv offices in Israel as our Minister of Home Affairs, the ministry that called in Nikuv in the first place. How then do you divorce Nikuv from the top MDC-T leadership?

machakachaka - 8 April 2014

This case should not be a headache for Zimbabweans and Malawians only but the whole of SADC region. If elections are stolen again in 2018, I foresee chaos spilling into all neighbouring countries, South Africa and Botswana in particular.

Dr Know - 8 April 2014

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