CSOs implicated in alleged sham recruitment exercise

Organisations that were engaged to recruit voter education facilitators in Chipata have been accused of bias.

Speaking to Breeze News, some residents have alleged that members of organizations that were involved in the recruitment exercise picked their relatives, spouses and people from other provinces who do not understand the local language.

The organisations that were involved in the recruitment exercise include YDF, Youth Development Foundation, Women’s Lobby and Centre for Human Rights and Development.

And YDF Executive Director, Chinoya Muyeye has rubbished the accusations stating that they are coming from disgruntled individuals who were not successful.

Mr. Muyeye says that twelve independent individuals were involved in the recruitment exercise and that it was not possible that all of them could have been corrupt.

He says that all those that have been accepted were recruited on merit regardless of whether they are relatives or spouses to anyone.

And Chipata District Electoral Officer, Davies Musenge says he has not yet received any report on the matter because various organizations were involved in the recruitment of the voter education facilitators.

He says the qualification for one to be engaged as a voter educator is to be able to speak the local language, adding that the irregularities in the recruitment will be cleared once the reports are verified.

Meanwhile all is set for the seven days voter verification exercise in Chipata which kick starts on Monday.

A check by Breeze News at Chipata Municipal Council this morning found recruited officers ready to be taken to the 215 polling stations in the district.

Chipata District Electoral Officer, Davies Musenge told Breeze News that the officers that have been deployed are computer literate who will be able to assist people verify their details on their voters cards.

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