By Buhle Tshavango
Founder and president of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) party Dr Simba Makoni has come out saying the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is incapable of running a free and fair election with the way it is currently operating in the country.
Dr Makoni’s expressed his sentiments ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections that are happening against a background of voter apathy culminating from lack of electoral reforms and a history of corruption and manipulation of the electoral process.
Dr Makoni stated that ZEC was an important institution in the political life of Zimbabwe that was however handicapped by its lack of independence.
“ZEC as currently constituted and as currently operating is incapable of running a free and fair election, this is no reflection on ZEC itself, but it is a reflection on what ZANU PF and the government are not allowing ZEC to do.
“…The symptoms of the incapacitation of ZEC by ZANU PF the Government is that they are not capable of running a free and fair election”, he said.
Dr Makoni who seems to have awoken from a deep slumber has once again started to become vocal ahead of the 2018 elections. In his statement he said that there was a need for change of institutional environment in which ZEC operates as well as change of personnel, emphasising that his viewpoint was in line with that of the Coalition of Democrats (CODE) in which his MKD party was a part of.
The MKD President who is also former cabinet minister and a member of ZANU PF made headlines in 2008 when he formed his own party splitting votes by taking 8% of the votes thus denying MDC an outright victory. Last year his MKD party joined forces with Professor Welshman Ncube’s Movement for Democratic Change formation, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe led by Elton Mangoma, Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment and Zimbabweans United for Democracy in a coalition dubbed CODE aimed at challenging the ruling party.