Presidential candidates who are set to contest in the 2018 harmonised elections yesterday rejected Government’s offer of State security with some preferring to be given money to pay security details of their choice.
Speaking to The Herald, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) President, Professor Lovemore Madhuku said he did not require any State security. He urged Government to put in place a legal instrument providing for security assistance and then pay for the security services rendered to the candidates. Said Madhuku:
Personally, I do not need State security. It is up to those who require it. But if there are those who require it, Government needs to first pass a legal instrument that provides for that. But I will prefer a situation where one chooses his own security and then the Government will pay for it.
MDC-T president Dr Thokozani Khupe said she did not depend on security personnel for her safety but looked up to God for her protection. Build Zimbabwe Alliance president Dr Noah Manyika said he could not trust State security following the explosion at White City Stadium. Multi-People’s Democratic Party president Mr Emmanuel Manyati said he was sceptical of State security and said he is much safer with his own security. New Patriotic Front leader Engineer Tendai Peter Munyanduri hailed the Government for providing security.