Mnangagwa extends ZEC boss Priscilla Chigumba’s term by 6 years  

By Tapiwa Svondo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba’s term by another six years.

The controversial ZEC boss’s new term is with effect from February 1, 2024.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Martin Rushwaya made the announcement in a statement.

“I am pleased to inform you that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. E.D. Mnangagwa, has, in accordance with Section 238(5) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (No. 20) Act 2013, reappointed you as the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for a duration of six years, starting from February 1, 2024,” he said.

Chigumba has presided over the last two elections which saw Mnangagwa’s controversial victories.

Her commission has been blamed by the opposition for alleged bias and failure to stamp its authority in cases of poll violations by the ruling Zanu PF party.

The ZEC boss was once described as “arrogant” by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa who accused her of standing in the way of electoral reforms being demanded by his party.

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