Makarau clarifies Govt’s role in BVR kits procurement process

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In a letter to the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), a grouping of 13 political parties pushing for her ouster, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Rita Makarau said government was only providing funding and would not interfere with the procurement.

Said Makarau:

We wish to reiterate our position, as indicated to you in the meeting, that government has not taken over the procurement process of BVR kits. Government, instead of UNDP [United Nations Development Programme], is now providing the funding, while Zec becomes the procuring entity. The commission wishes to assure all stakeholders that transparency shall be maintained throughout the procurement process of the BVR kits. There will be no retendering or invitation of new bidders in the process. Only those who were involved from the beginning will be considered.

Zec did not, however, clarify whether all 14 companies that placed their bids would be included or it would stick to the seven who qualified under the UNDP vetting. Justice Makarau also said the commission would continue to work with UNDP using their money to pay for other unfunded aspects of its operations. MDC-T secretary-general and Nera legal adviser Douglas Mwonzora called for more pressure, adding last week’s demonstration had worked.

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Douglas Mwonzora is an advocate and politician affiliated with the Movement for Democratic Change. Mwonzora is currently Secretary General of the MDC-T. He is the former COPAC Co-Chairperson and former Member of Parliament, Nyanga North Zimbabwe. Mwonzora is a former Law Lecturer. Read More About Douglas Mwonzora

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Rita Makarau is a Zimbabwean judge and the former Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Makarau is the Justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe and former Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC). She is the first female Judge President of Zimbabwe. Makarau is... Read More About Rita Makarau

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