HARARE: Zimbabwe’s leaders have picked a Supreme Court judge to head the country’s electoral body ahead of a crunch constitutional referendum and national elections, a minister said yesterday.
President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have proposed the appointment of Rita Makarau, 52, to head the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe’s justice minister, told AFP.
Seen as a pro-Mugabe candidate, Makarau, has worked as a former public prosecutor and lectured briefly at the University of Zimbabwe.
She has been a Supreme Court judge since 2010.
According to Chinamasa, Makarau’s appointment is not yet finalised and would be temporary until a permanent head is found.