Did Ziyambi say ZANU-PF would take charge of the delimitation exercise?

The Claim: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi told ZANU-PF Mashonaland West provincial leadership that the ruling party would take charge of the delimitation exercise to retain power.
The Verdict: claim verdict

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi told ZANU-PF Mashonaland West provincial leadership that the ruling party would take charge of the delimitation exercise to retain power.

VERDICT: CORRECT

BACKGROUND

Last week the Nelson Chamisa-led Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) claimed on Twitter that Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi’s utterances to the effect that ZANU-PF would lead the delimitation process was a violation of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Another Twitter user, Regiment, also made similar claims.

The delimitation process is aimed at demarcating constituency boundaries for the upcoming 2023 harmonised elections and according to the Electoral Act, the process is the prerogative of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

But Ziyambi is quoted in an online publication, Newzimbabwe.com https://www.newzimbabwe.com/ziyambi-utterances-confirm-zanu-pf-fixing-constituency-boundaries-to-rig-2023-elections/ saying his party would lead the delimitation process.

He was addressing ZANU-PF Mashonaland West delegates attending a provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting held at Mazvikadei Resort recently.

“We, as the governing party, will lead the delimitation process. You cannot say that you are ruling and do things that result in you getting out of power. There is no political party that boots itself out of power,” Ziyambi said.

“As ZANU-PF, we must do things that we are all agreeable to as we come up with electoral boundaries. We will have another meeting to discuss how the delimitation process is going to be conducted.”

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