Priscilla Chigumba, chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), has complained about the abuse he suffered on the part of the leaders and supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Changes (MDC) in the harmonized elections of July 30.
Making presentations to the Surveys Commission about today's violence, on August 1, Chigumba told how she and other female ZEC commissioners became bags of emotional and sexist abuse at the hands of the party led by the MDC Alliance of Nelson Chamisa, before, during the elections.
Chigumba said on three separate occasions, she and other curators, felt that their lives were at risk for MDC Alliance followers and leaders continue to threaten them both in social networks as well as in person.
"In two separate attempts, this other political party threatened to invade our offices and wanted to confront us with their demands that they wanted to be addressed a few days before the elections," he said.
"We had our department receive the political party and meet their demands we previously heard. We had about 10 or 17 lawsuits but still continued to persevere with us to listen to them even more," said Chigumba.
"The political party will pick up our offices and return with the same demands. On our side, we felt that there was nothing to discuss because the demands they wanted were not in the election act. The law was clear and our position was very clear, there was nothing what could we do to help them? "he added.
The former High Court judge said his person was vilified in public and in most of the MDC-A demonstrations, he had his photos torn and labeled with unthinkable words.
"On the third occasion, through the social media they let him know that they were going to occupy our office, and that is when we look for the services if the Zimbabwean Police (ZRP).
"I could see that in the preparation of the elections, for about 10 days, there was a strong presence of police officers in our offices while we were afraid of our lives. We could not fulfill our functions in the office because we did not enter," said Chigumba.
It was also admitted that the Zimbabweans had little faith in their commission due to the previous execution of the elections.
"Zimbabweans do not trust ZEC for what happened in the past and what happened in the 2018 elections," he said.
She accused the MDC-A of being ignorant of the law despite the party housing lawyers.
"We remained committed to these political parties and there was no consensus because they could not understand what the law said.
"We end up compromising ourselves so that everyone was taken care of. What I urge the political parties is that they should take this time to Parliament to change the laws that are not satisfied so that we do not have the same situation in 2023," said Chigumba.
She regretted the continuing abuse she still faces at the MDC-A meetings along with other commissioners.