By Daniel Chigundu recently in Kwekwe
MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has warned the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acting chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana that they are watching him closely.
Silaigwana, who took over from Constance Chigwamba on an acting basis is a former military officer and is also among ZEC officials who were accused of refusing to release election results in 2008.
According to ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, the elections board employs about 383 workers and of that number 15 percent (58) are former military personnel.
Addressing party supporters during a rally at Mbizo 4 Shopping Centre in Kwekwe, Chamisa said if their demands are not acted upon there will be no progress on the impending polls.
“…The other thing we want to be fixed is the issue of people who work for ZEC, we are worried about resignations at ZEC, Makarau resigned, we don’t know why she resigned, we heard that Constance Chigwamba resigned we don’t know why.
“And we also don’t even know why Silaigwana has come to do, we want to check them out, he is part of the people who rigged elections in the past so we have marked him, and we are watching him until we understand what he intends to do.
“It will also include taking these issues to the courts of law, arguing that people with dirty hands cannot serve people with food. In the rural areas we are saying chiefs should stay away from politics,” he said.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been preaching the gospel of free and fair elections in the country but has done very little to make way for clearing the hurdles towards that direction.