President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that he is specifically searching for a woman to replace Justice Rita Makarau as the new chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Makarau resigned from her position without divulging her reasons for doing so.
Mnangagwa said that he was looking for a woman because the deputy chairperson of the electoral body is a man (Emmanuel Magede). In an interview with the Financial Times, Mnangagwa said:
The election commission is called ZEC, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Currently there’s no head. The head resigned, the chairperson of the commission, Justice Rita Makarau, resigned. I believe that by Friday I will have appointed another — this week. If the vice-chairman is a man, the chairperson must be a woman, so I’m looking for a woman. Secondly, the woman must have been a judge or a lawyer qualified to be a judge. I had names brought to me by the chief justice to say which judges — the head of the Law Society — which persons. So we, of course, have several women who sent in their CVs and I believe by tomorrow or Friday — because there must be consultation between me and, in Parliament, the speaker and the Justice Commission — I believe that by Friday this will have been completed because I gave them the names last week. Then I’ll appoint one.
We believe that we need somebody with integrity, an impeccable record in terms of his or her CV. That’s what will guide us.
There has been speculation that Justice Loice Matanda Moyo, wife to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lieutenant General (Retired) Sibusiso Moyo, is one of the contenders.