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Maize-meal coupons a smart way for Zanu-PF to rig 2023 elections: Mzembi

Mzembi, who is the interim president of the People's Party, contends that the move is an exercise in smart vote-buying and patronage that has no “V11 forms” that can be presented in court as evidence of rigging.

SELF-EXILED former Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi says the ruling Zanu-PF party has already set its rigging wheels in motion through the creation of a database for the disbursement of mealie meal coupons which Government will hand out beginning next week.

Mzembi, who is the interim president of the People’s Party, contends that the move is an exercise in smart vote-buying and patronage that has no “V11 forms” that can be presented in court as evidence of rigging.

In a post-cabinet briefing to journalists this week Wednesday, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said besides raising the subsidised mealie-meal price from $50 to $70, next week government is rolling out “a targeted Coupon Scheme for the Vulnerable.”

She said government with the help of the Ministry of Labour will start to compile a database and the coupon scheme will be rolled out “in a week’s time.”

“The scheme will be rolled out in a week’s time. Cabinet noted that the previous mealie-meal price provided arbitrage opportunities to some unscrupulous people.

“What we are doing is what others have been doing in many countries and this has been successful. We have the data on people who are vulnerable and we are going to revisit that database and make sure that people who are vulnerable get help,” she said.

But Mzembi, who fled the country for South Africa after the courts charged him with criminal abuse of office in 2018, said it’s all a vote rigging gimmick by the Zanu-PF Government.

“Beware of clientelism. This database is an exercise in smart vote-buying and patronage.

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“Vote rigging in Zimbabwe is a process, not an event, this is the real V11 in the making that cannot be presented to the Constitutional Court but very deadly act!” Mzembi wrote on Twitter.

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