Why did Rita Makarau resign?

By Wisdom Mumera

The Professor Welshman Ncube led MDC has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to reveal details behind Justice Rita Makarau’s resignation from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Makarau who was regarded a Robert Mugabe loyalist, resigned just a few weeks after Mnangagwa took over as President of the country through the military initiated a coup.

The Justice left at a time when the country was almost finishing the historic biometric voter registration exercise which will among other things result in the compilation of a new voters roll.

However, it has been many weeks since the unceremonious resignation but the details have remained a jealously guarded secret and neither Makarau herself has revealed why she chose to quit, prompting analysts to speculate that she might have been forced out by the new administration.

In a statement welcoming the new ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, the MDC said there was a need to divulge details of Makarau’s resignation so as to put closure to the speculation as to the country trotters towards the all-important polls.

“The MDC is still waiting for President Mnangagwa to make public the circumstances that led to the resignation of Justice Rita Makarau from the same position that has been occupied by Justice Chigumba.

“We are calling on Mnangagwa to disclose reasons behind Makarau’s resignation.

“While we welcome Justice Chigumba to the position of ZEC chairperson it remains our fear that the new chairperson may flee the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission again before the 2018 general elections if jackals, vultures or harmful pests are not cleared.”

“The responsible authorities should provide the necessary vaccinations if we are to hold free and fair elections,” read the MDC statement.

On top of being a High Court Judge, Makarau is also a former Zanu PF non-constituency Member of Parliament.

The country’s main opposition party MDC-T used to accuse her of turning a blind when Zanu PF was violating various electoral laws and processes.

Meanwhile, the new ZEC chairperson Justice Chigumba has promised free and fair election in accordance with the dictates of the country’s laws.

It, however, remains to be seen how she will handle the contentious issue of diaspora vote which her predecessor was unwilling to advocate for.

 

 

 

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