ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) vice-chairperson Joyce Kazembe yesterday blasted Sapes Trust chairperson Ibbo Mandaza for alleging that she had taken part in rigging the presidential election in favour of President Robert Mugabe.
Mandaza last week said Sapes Trust board members wanted Kazembe fired from the organisation for her involvement in the alleged rigging of the election.
The former government permanent secretary said board members had “written letters” that Kazembe be fired from Sapes.
But Kazembe yesterday said she had no memory of ZEC rigging the election in any way to Mugabe’s advantage.
“If I remember pretty well, there was a statement that we released as a commission to address that issue of rigging the election in favour of Mugabe immediately after the election,” Kazembe said.
“We stated clearly that as a commission, we did not rig the election as it was impossible for anyone, including (President) Mugabe himself, to rig the election in his own favour.”
She said no member of the commission or its employees had the capacity to rig the elections.
“What Mandaza is saying about rigging the election by either myself or ZEC is just far from the truth. It’s just allegations that are being brought about by an individual for reasons best known to himself. I have no clue on how the election was rigged as alleged by Mandaza. I repeat and stress that ZEC did not rig the election at all,” Kazembe said.
Kazembe said she had not seen any letters from Sapes Trust board members asking for his expulsion.
“I am the secretary to the board and an employee of the trust at the same time. I have not set my eyes on any letter that Mandaza claims was about my dismissal from the trust,” she said.
“I only recall one letter, which was supposedly coming from Dr Mudenda asking me to resign from the board. I questioned the letter as it was on a different letter head from the usual Sapes Trust letter head which is used when there is communication among board members.”
Kazembe said the issue died down after she raised issues about the letterhead and the fact that the letter was not signed.
By Nkululeko Sibanda