By Wisdom Mumera
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed High Court Judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba as the new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson and is due to be sworn in tomorrow (1 February 2018) at State House.
Justice Chigumba takes over Rita Makarau who resigned last December in unclear events after the deposition of former President Robert Mugabe and the coming in of a military-backed government led by incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa.
She joined the Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry as a Magistrate in 2004 and served as a resident Magistrate and provincial Magistrate before being seconded to work as a senior professional research assistant in the office of the Chief Justice.
She was sworn in as Judge of the High Court in December 2012.
Her appointment comes 9 days before the completion of the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise which currently has registered over 5 million people against an initial target of 7 million.
The position of ZEC chairperson has been one of the contentious posts within the country’s political battle with the opposition constantly accusing the government of installing personnel sympathetic to its agendas.
The previous chairperson, Makarau, had a known Zanu PF background, a fact which was a constant source of contention with the opposition.
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