The United Nations (UN) has said that government’s decision to take over the procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits was commendable. The UN added that it welcomed the move as was key for Zimbabwe to be self-sufficient and to fund its national projects.
Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, UN resident co-ordinator Bishow Parajuli said:
The issue of BVR, you know, we work on request from government ABC. Whatever and all UN programmes are joint programmes between government and the UN, so government always has the priority.
We will do this and you will do that, so we respect it and actually we commend government for coming forward with the resources for national programmes. This is wonderful and key for sustainability, so we very much welcome that.
Our role is to support development in Zimbabwe in partnership with the government. We are behind government and follow the development channel of Zimbabwe,
This stance is unlikely to be welcomed by the opposition parties who have slammed the government for taking over the acquisition of the (BVR) kits accusing it of plotting to rig the 2018 elections.