HARARE – The daughter of Zanu PF vice president Kembo Mohadi was sworn in as commissioner of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday.
Abigail Millicent Ambrose Mohadi was sworn in before President Mnangagwa at the State House, an appointment that is sure to raise new questions about the electoral body’s impartiality.
Abigail is the daughter of former Zimbabwe vice president Mohadi from his marriage to his ex-wife Tambudzani.
She is married to professional hunter and former pig farmer Malcolm Ambrose.
Mnangagwa also swore in Catherine Mpofu, Jane Mbetu Nzvenga, Kudzai Shava, Rosewita Murutare and Shepard Manhivi as ZEC Commissioners.
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The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) said Ambrose’s nomination was “unacceptable”.
“This raises serious conflicts of interest and goes to the root of the ZEC’s constitutional requirement to be independent and impartial,” CCC spokesman Fadzayi Mahere said.
“The unacceptable appearance of Zanu PF bias is impossible to eliminate under the circumstances. Rest assured we will challenge this as we continue to fight for electoral reform ahead of the historic 2023 elections.”
ZEC has faced repeated allegations of command execution and “manipulation” by Zanu PF, which it denies.
- Editor/ additional report by Kukurigo Updates