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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has signed a contract with a Chinese firm, Laxton Group of Companies, to supply Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, which are expected in the country in the next three months.

The introduction of the BVR kits means Zimbabweans now have to go and register afresh as voters. Justice Makarau said the firm was chosen out of a process that they initiated with United Nations Development Programme and it was very transparent.

Laxton Group has been active in Africa after it supplied 8 000 BVR kits and instant plastic card issuance kits to Tanzania in 2015. It has also worked in Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, where it reportedly supplied BVR kits, generators, batteries and other accessories for voter registration and elections.

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  • MOST Zanu PF councillors in Harare are reportedly on the ground canvassing for support ahead of next year’s general elections, as the ruling party seeks to retain all its seats and wrest some from the opposition MDC-T party.

    Zanu PF currently has 10 councillors in the capital city, while the MDC-T has 45 councillors.

    On Friday, ward 7 councillor Beadle Musatya Gwasira launched his re-election campaign by donating some industrial sewing machines and other accessories to Zanu PF members based at Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Tomlison depot.

    Speaking at the handover ceremony, Gwasira said: “We encourage you to repay the money to the revolving fund and that we should now start monthly meetings where we give each other updates on the projects and party activities.”

    Gwasira, two years ago, launched a $30 000 revolving fund to finance various business projects run by female party members.

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  • WAR veterans have warned President Robert Mugabe that he might go down together with his beleaguered Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere in next year’s general elections if he continues shielding the latter.

    Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya yesterday said the former fighters were unamused and accused Mugabe of protecting Kasukuwere in order to create a dynasty.

    Mugabe last week sent a high-powered Zanu PF probe team to Bindura to investigate Kasukuwere after the party’s 10 provinces recently endorsed the call for his ouster for reportedly plotting to dethrone Mugabe, among other charges.

    But war veterans said they suspected Mugabe just wanted to buy time and give Kasukuwere another chance to rebuild his battered political profile.

    “We had expected the leadership of the party to act with speed because this is an issue we have been pushing for a long time. There is nothing

    special about Kasukuwere. Nobody raised the issue of the constitution when we were expelled, but now they want to appear to be following the law,” Mahiya said.

    “We can see through him (Mugabe). He wants an emasculated Kasukuwere, so he can use him in the creation of his dynasty. It is not going to work. They will both go down.”

    Mahiya announced the war veterans would field a candidate to challenge Kasukuwere in his Mt Darwin South constituency next year.

  • - newsday
  • In an interview with Dailynews, MDC shadow Finance minister Tapiwa Mashakada said they have a plan to create a 100 billion dollar economy within its first 100 days if elected. Here are points pointed out in the interview on how they going to achieve that goal

    • The MDC has a credible transformation agenda for Zimbabwe. Our economic vision is the creation of a $100 billion economy within the first 100 days on the back of investment renewal and confidence that will result in the review of the indigenisation policy.
    • An MDC government will right size the government, act on corruption and tap on Diaspora resources in order to strengthen the budget. Obviously ghost workers will go the morning after the swearing-in of …Tsvangirai at State House.
    • Production will be our buzzword and obviously, using our international goodwill, the MDC will go out to float infrastructure Eurobonds bonds in deep capital markets.
    • We will get syndicated off-shore loans on the strength of our economic stimulus measures.
    • An MDC government will make primary and secondary education absolutely free and introduce loans and grants at tertiary education level. We will bring back the land market by giving bankable title to all productive farmers.
    • We will compensate commercial farmers in terms of the Constitution and restore the country’s bread basket status. The conditions of service of our defence forces will be improved and their equipment upgraded.
    • An authentic civil service audit will be done and once the correct levels of establishment are rationalised, we will pay competitive salaries to our civil service.
    • We will revamp our roads, railways and energy plants. Parastatals will either be commercialised or recapitalised through private equity or venture capital.
    • Rural areas will be transformed through our industrialisation and modernisation programme. But most importantly we will implement devolution.
    • All revenues will go to the Consolidated Revenue Fund and fundraising roadblocks will be suspended forthwith.
    • Our industrialisation programme will start with the resuscitation of closed companies like the Ziscosteel.
    • We will create jobs from our infrastructure and industrialisation plan. All this is possible if we can change governance culture.
  • - dailynews
  • MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has embraced technology by launching an online campaign to rally support ahead of the crucial 2018 election.

    The long-time President Robert Mugabe rival’s digital campaign includes a website — www.votemorgan.org — and a mobile application called “Morgan” that can be downloaded on the Apple app and Google play stores.

    On the website and application, also supported by social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the former Prime Minister seeks to connect with his supporters through a live chat platform.

    “As we progress to 2018, I want to assure you that I will be here to share my ideas and thoughts and engage with you as much as possible . . . the website . . . will herald the campaign we are getting into,” Tsvangirai said as he announced the campaign on his Facebook page. Mobile applications will be available to make sure that we keep in touch as much as often in this crucial season,” he said.

    “You will be able to ask me questions . . . We are also looking for creatives, community organisers, tech-heads and policy experts who would like to volunteer to this campaign,” he added.

    This comes as MDC has deployed its senior party officials to rural areas to consolidate its support base in the countryside communities, where the majority of people reside.

  • - dailynews
  • MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has dispatched members of his national standing committee, MPs and other party officials for a rural campaign blitz ahead of the watershed 2018 general elections.

    Tsvangirai, who has been criticised for failing to harness the rural vote, has pushed his party machinery to penetrate Zanu PF strongholds with rallies being held in President Robert Mugabe’s rural Zvimba, led by secretary for elections Murisi Zwizwai.

    Youth assembly leader Happymore Chidziva was in Chitekete, Gokwe, this week leading rallies and voter registration campaigns ahead of the compilation of a new biometric voter register (BVR).

    “We are taking the campaigns to so-called Zanu PF strongholds to carry the message of hope and change. The most important part of our campaigns is to ensure that people register to vote, defend their vote and defeat a Zanu PF regime that has brought nothing, but suffering in their lives for 37 years,” Chidziva said.

    Party presidential affairs secretary Sesil Zvidzai, who is leading campaigns in Midlands’ Vungu rural area, was also upbeat, saying the party was speaking with disgruntled war veterans who have been Mugabe’s vanguard declaring resettlement and rural areas no-go areas for opposition supporters.

    MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the new rural areas thrust, saying his party was ready to face the beast in the eye.

  • - newsday
  • NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru has urged Zimbabwean women to participate in next year’s elections in order to help redefine the current political narrative dominated mostly by men.

    In an interview with NewsDay during the launch of the Hivos-organised Women for Leadership Programme on Thursday, Mujuru said women should organise themselves in meeting all the prerequisites expected of citizens who participate in an election.

    “Women from 18 years of age should make sure that they have all the correct documentation from the birth certificate and understand the steps that they have to take just to get to the last day of voting because this is very important,” she said.

    “We must understand that as women we can only be included in politics if we take the initiative ourselves. It’s now very important that we vote in our numbers in order for us to change the status quo, especially now as we approach 2018.”

    Mujuru, who earned the sympathy of some women during the time she was booted out of Zanu PF where she was vice president, warned women against pulling each other down in politics.

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  • UNDP Resident Coordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli yesterday commended the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the manner it had so far carried out the site validation tests for two companies bidding to supply Biometric Voter Registration kits.

    The tests for the kits began last Thursday while mock registration exercises were held in Harare at Mabvuku High School on Monday and at Murape Secondary School yesterday.

    “What I am very pleased with is that all stakeholders are involved. It is being done in a transparent manner. There are a lot of political parties, technical experts are here, the media (are here) and ZEC staff, that is good.

    “What we need to understand is that this is just testing of the equipment. It is mock voter registration process and it is an important step in choosing the right equipment,” he said.

    Mr Parajuli also welcomed Government’s commitment in contributing funds for the procurement of the equipment. Government has provided at least $17 million for the exercise while development partners have provided $7 million through the UNDP.

    “UNDP will continue to work with ZEC and what is key as we move forward is for everybody engaging in this to continue in a transparent and peaceful manner. Our role is purely technical support to ZEC. We are helping strengthening the capacity of ZEC,” Mr Parajuli said.

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  • FORMER Finance minister, Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday gave the thumbs up to the proposed coalition of opposition parties to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in next year’s elections.

    PDP secretary-general, Gorden Moyo, made the remarks after MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai last week signed coalition deals with Welshman Ncube (MDC) and the Joice Mujuru (National People’s Party).

    “PDP would have been worried if the current spate of memorandum of understandings (MoUs) was aimed at deconsolidating the political co-operation that is brewing in the country. But reading from the speeches presented at the signing ceremonies, PDP has no reason to believe that all these efforts will not lead to a truly inclusive political process come 2018,” he said in a statement.

    In the run-up to the 2013 harmonised elections, opposition parties held similar talks, but the deals collapsed amid reports of fierce jostling for leadership posts.

    “PDP will continue to lobby for an inclusive political arrangement that will see all political parties, pressure groups, faith-based organisations, civil society and members of academia to converge for the sole purpose of approaching 2018, as a collective rather than as fragments.

  • - newsday
  • OPPOSITION parties under the National Elections Reform Agenda (Nera) banner have launched their own checks on two international companies shortlisted to supply biometric voter registration (BVR) kits to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to ascertain if they were of good repute.

    Nera has since invited members of the public, international community and other companies to supply information regarding the two firms – Laxton Group Limited, a company based in China, but owned by South Africans, and Dermalog Identification Systems of Germany.

    “We are calling all citizens to do their due diligence and gather as much information as you can on the two firms. Nera is currently having extensive background checks conducted on the two firms,” Nera said on its official Facebook page.

    Nera has made it no secret that it does not trust Zec and the Zanu PF-led government with the procurement of the kits and said it would continue to demand transparency in the whole process.

  • - newsday
  • TWO international companies shortlisted to supply Zimbabwe with biometric voter registration (BVR) kits will today start site validation tests ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

    The two companies are Laxton Group Limited from China and Dermalog Identification Systems from Germany.

    Initially, they were three, including ZETES from Belgium, which later pulled out. Although there is consensus on the use of BVR, opposition parties accuse the government and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of trying to manipulate the procurement process, thereby, disenfranchising them.

    Zec chairperson, Rita Makarau yesterday said observers were welcome to view the process, but would not be allowed to interfere in any way in the validation process that starts today.

  • - newsday
  • MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) ahead of next year’s elections, a development that ends a 12-year acrimonious relationship that followed the split of the original MDC in 2005.

    In an unprecedented show, both Tsvangirai and Ncube apologised to Zimbabweans for causing the infamous split of 2005, which is believed to have contributed to the opposition parties’ successive election defeats by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

    Addressing journalists after the signing ceremony, the two opposition leaders took responsibility for Mugabe’s successive victories in 2008 and 2013, saying had they remained together, Zanu PF would have long been thrown into the political dustbin.

    “Today, we continue the journey that we started yesterday (Wednesday) with (National People’s Party [NPP] leader) Joice Mujuru; a journey, whose destination is a democratic, free and prosperous Zimbabwe under a caring government,” Tsvangirai said.

  • - newsday
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