Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi confirmed that Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has resigned although she did not give reasons for quitting. Here is how people reacted to Makarau’s resignation from ZEC:
Forced resignation of Rita on factional basis is not progress. We need electoral, media, diaspora vote, political & legislative reforms to enable free, fair & credible elections. Regime must reach out to civic society & opposition parties & establish a clear & inclusive roadmap.
— Prof. Arthur G.O. Mutambara (@amutambara) December 9, 2017
Rita Makarau's resignation opens a can of worms.Why is she resigning just a few months before Election 2018? Has she been forced to resign?
Was she pushing a factional agenda during her term of office as ZEC chairperson?
Is she really her own person? pic.twitter.com/WBxLIxEkeH
— Obert Gutu (@GutuObert) December 8, 2017
Ok, so Rita Makarau has resigned as @ZECzim Chair
What's to stop Mnangagwa from appointing a loyalist since elections are close?
— Takudzwa Larry.G (@HillaryTakudzwa) December 9, 2017
@Wamagaisa Good riddance to bad rubbish! Rita Makarau had become an embarrassment to the legal profession. Mugabe was ready to fire half his party, it points towards an electoral fraud pact that Makarau was part of. She drew 3 salaries as a judge, ZEC chairpersn and JSC Secretary
— Prince_Kudzie (@mufasa_blaq) December 9, 2017
Mnangagwa now has an opportunity to appoint his own man/ Woman at ZEC following the resignation of Rita Makarau. #Asakhe
— Zenzele (@zenzele) December 9, 2017
#RitaMakarau was not only seen as "too close to Mugabe" but as part of Mugabe's rigging machinery. All her time at the ZEC she has never produced a single credible voters roll. That was not merely incompetence but part of the criminality. She is a criminal
— Tendayi Manyange (@TendayiManyange) December 8, 2017
Justice Rita Makarau. Really? Justice?does justice know political expediency? Do you still remain justice when you play with polical criminals, enemies of justice, people with 7 degrees in violence with distinctions? You are still justice while presiding over a violent election?
— JAMES KAMCHACHA (@JKAMCHACHA) December 8, 2017
The politics of replacing Rita Makarau, the Junta might have forced her out as a relative of Mugabe. The ace in their sleeve could be George Chiweshe ex-military & willing to pander to their whims. He fits the constitutional guide unless excluded, thoughts @Wamagaisa, a mini-BSR? pic.twitter.com/hXmdanjpqw
— Runyararo Mherekumombe (@runyamhere) December 8, 2017
With the resignation of the electoral commission chair Rita Makarau today, I hope the ZEC transforms from being the Zimbabwe Election Crooks to a real Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. I guess she could not stand the inherent pressure that comes with change. Interesting times these.
— Maxwell Haurovi (@MacHaurovi) December 8, 2017