Moyo speaks out on ballot papers

HARARE - Former Higher Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has sensationally claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was planning to rig this month’s harmonised elections through the use of ballot papers designed to project a particular result.

Moyo, a former Zanu PF politburo member who is currently in self-imposed exile in Kenya, said on Friday through micro-blogging platform, Twitter, that it was crucial to test the ballot papers before elections.

“If you can have pens whose ink disappears in a few hours, you can have a ballot paper that’s designed to disappear the ink or what’s marked on parts of it. So it’s crucial to test the ballot paper. Reports say Mnangagwa has asked his Belarus links for a ballot paper solution!”

Efforts to get comment from Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.

Moyo skipped the country around mid-November last year in the wake of a soft coup that ended former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year long reign.

He is now wanted in Zimbabwe in connection with allegations of abuse of office after he allegedly siphoned substantial amounts of money from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund, which he superintended over as minister of Higher and Tertiary Education.

The authorities have since appealed to the International Police to help bring him to justice.

Moyo recently claimed that Mnangagwa’s administration has roped in the Chinese — long considered to be the country’s all-weather friends — to rig the July 30 elections.

Zimbabwe endured a long history of disputed poll outcomes under Mugabe, which wrecked its agro-based economy, weighed down by massive unemployment and widespread poverty.

While the new government of Mnangagwa has promised to deliver free and fair polls, its rivals are not convinced.

Opposition parties and other civic service organisations had in the past voiced their concerns regarding the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s choice of printers, arguing that the selection process should have been done through an open public tender.

However, Zec refused to buckle to the opposition demands, saying the designing, printing and distribution of ballot papers were the sole responsibility of Zec, according to the Constitution and Electoral Act.

“Anyone else other than Zec demanding to be involved in these functions directly or indirectly is deemed by the Commission as one attempting to usurp the powers and independence of the electoral management body,” Zec said in a statement recently.

“In the spirit of transparency and stakeholder engagement, the commission invited stakeholders including representatives of all political parties contesting, local and foreign observers, embassies as well as civic society and faith-based organisations to witness ballot paper printing at Fidelity Printers,” Zec said.

Comments (11)

Moyo is just an angry pig. Enjoy your pilgrimage in kenya zisoro

Syd Chiwambu - 9 July 2018

He told the truth. Despite his negative contribution toward Democracy In Zimbabwe in the past, this is worth noting and embracing

Tosvika Chete - 10 July 2018

The best is to have a few individuals in all provinces to put an X on those ballot papers during voting day and then not drop in it in the box but to keep it, take home and observe for any changes later. ehe toona kuti pane chitsotsi here

Mike - 10 July 2018

ZEC is the most dangerous institution we have had in Zimbabwe since independence. ZANU Pf laments whenever ZEC's conduct is questioned. But, they have to tell us what happened to IGNATIUS Mushangwe (ZEC Commissioner who was mudered and clanedestinely buried in June 2008), who was in charge of ZEC in 2008 & Why was the ZEC National Command Centre dismantled before announcement of results.

zvazvir - 11 July 2018

Moyo - an angry gay pig comrades !

ace mukadota - 11 July 2018

As my high school History teacher would say, " go and eat leaves and be buried alive." The likes of Moyo, author of some of the most repressive media law, does not deserve an audience in the now.

Order - 11 July 2018

Moyo jus shut up nd enjoy ur stay there. u are put of this mess,. You are part of da people who created election FRAUD

wale - 12 July 2018

I fully agree with the learned Professor - one of the brightest sons of the soil according to his mentor and lecturer, the late great Professor Masipula Sithole (one of Zimbabwe finest political scientists). Back to the soft rigging strategy. ZANU pf has been rigging elections from 1990 without a hint of rest. So with regard to this method of chicanery, I propose the use of pencil and ink. First you mark with a pencil and then repeat with ink. In this way if the ink moves the pencil mark now emboldened/enhanced will remain leading to a spoilt paper. Now, if the number of spoilt papers is 20% or more then we will have a case of a UN supervised election and ZANU and ED will be history. This is just a lawyer's suggestion. Let us hear from you scientists. CHAMISA PFEE

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 12 July 2018

We need people like MOYO to keep us informed of happenings on the ground. He was part of the system and knows exactly how they do it OR can do it. They are not hounding him for just the few hundred dollars when themselves have billions to account for. They are hounding him for the knowledge and inside information which he has. Love me or hate him- He is a political scientist par excellence.

Mondy Moyo - 13 July 2018

The problem with Zimbos is that they hate to the born , here prof Moyo is giving a hint and people are say all sorts of speaches but he is telling the truth , Mugabe , Moyo and the G40 are part and parcel fo Zanu PF and Zimbabwean history believe me or not there is no way you can speak of the Zimbabwe without these names that one bad thing about history , whether he was doing ggo or bad things history is there like it or not . Moyo has told us what he knows so it is up to us to listen or to ignore but the words are clear and loud

Mudhara - 14 July 2018

Moyo might have aided and abetted a regime...but..he was in it for the money.. Lets use the pencils to put our X...pencils take longer to fade... Let's do something folks..rather than moan.. The owl has no horns..!

C. Kandez - 27 July 2018

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