Tsvangirai not happy with Israeli company working on voters’ roll


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Rita Makarau that he was not happy with the involvement of an Israeli company, Nikuv, in the preparation of the voters’ roll for the coming elections.

A statement distributed by his party, the Movement for Democratic Change-T, said Nikuv had a bad record of tampering with the voters’ roll. It was also a front for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

The statement said Nikuv was working under the direction of Daniel Tonde Nhepera, the deputy head of the Central Intelligence Organisation.

Tsvangirai met Makarau yesterday for an update on the preparedness of the ZEC in running the coming elections and how the mobile voter registration exercise was proceeding.

During the meeting it emerged that over 50 000 police officers had applied for special voting permission but the co-Minister of Home Affairs; Theresa Makone said this was not possible as the police force did not have such a high number of officers, according to the statement.

Makarau promised to look into the issue of Nikuv, according to the statement.

The date for Zimbabwe’s elections is not known yet as all key parties have appealed to the Constitutional Court to postpone the elections from 31 July.

The court is expected to sit on Thursday to decide on the matter.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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