Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi said today he was hearing it for the first time that Israeli company Nikuv was printing passports on behalf of the registrar-general’s office. He had been asked by Movement for Democratic Change senator and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs Lillian Timveous to clarify the claim that Nikuv was printing Zimbabwean passports. “I am not aware of that. I am hearing it for the first time,” he said in his short response. Nikuv was accused of rigging last year’s elections in favour of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Private media reported in December that it had landed the contract to print Zimbabwe passports. There have also been media reports that it is working on rigging the 2018 elections.
Q & A
SENATOR TIMVEOUS: My question is directed to the Minister of Home Affairs. Please, can you clarify the claim that NIKUV is now printing passports on behalf of the Registrar-General’s office?
THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS (MR. ZIYAMBE): Thank you Hon. resident and I would like to thank the hon. senator for the question. I am not aware of that. I am hearing it for the first time. I thank you.