Nothing amiss in Govt’s BVR funding: UNDP

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda with UN Resident Co-ordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli during a meeting in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda with UN Resident Co-ordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli during a meeting in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
The United Nations Development Programme resident coordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli yesterday said there was nothing wrong with Government providing funds for the procurement of the Bio-Metric Voter Registration.

He said the UNDP will always follow Government leads in identifying areas that need support.

Mr Parajuli said this while addressing a press conference in Harare on the achievements made so far in the first year of implementation of the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

“On the issue of BVR, you know we work on request from Government and all the UN programmes are joint programmes between Government and the UN and Government always has the priority,” he said.

“We will do this and we will do that and we respect and actually we commend the Government for coming forward with resources. I think this is wonderful and that is key for sustainability and so in fact we very much welcome that.”

Mr Parajuli said as the UNDP they appreciated Government’s commitment to funding some programmes without reliance on donor funding.

“There should be no question on who is doing what now or later because we always agree with Government,” he said.

“We agree on certain things to do today and if there are changes we agree with Government and then we allocate the resources.

“I think there is no need to interpret these things in a different way. For us it is a very positive thing that Government is committed in supporting certain things and not rely on development partners.

“This is good. We very much commend Government in coming up with resources in whatever area although there are some challenges in relation to the economy, but I think they are doing the best in the current economic situation.”

Government has provided the $17 million required by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to purchase the BVR kits, although the electoral body will handle the processing of buying the equipment.

A number of opposition parties under the banner of the National Elections Reform Agenda have spoken against Government’s decision to take over funding for the BVR kits.

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A demonstration organised by the parties against Government funding procurement of the BVR kits flopped in Harare last week.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said going forward, Government would synchronise the implementation of ZUNDAF and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We need also to note that the implementation of ZUNDAF in 2016 coincided with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals which are UN driven, but involved all countries,” he said.

“But we had no time to integrate the SDG’s with the ZUNDAF, but going forward from now we will attempt to synchronise the SDG’s with ZUNDAF so that we don’t compartmentalise or operate in a silo mentality because there is integrated development within the ZUNDAF and SDG’s.”

Dr Sibanda said commended the UNDP for the role it has played in the various disasters that afflicted Zimbabwe in the past, including recent floods and droughts.

In 2016, the UNDP raised $322 million against a target of $326 million for humanitarian assistance, especially drought relief.

It is also involved in the internal and international appeal by Government for at least $200 million to assist communities affected by recent floods.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    “civil unrest“? Its very unlikely. People will vote peacefully in 2018. The majority of Zimbabwean civilians support the government as shown in the 2013 elections. Minority MDCTNERA civilians should aim to win elections by voting , not by making violent demos. Nehanda forbid.

    • yowe

      But you do know that it will be difficult to register in urban areas whilst each Cheif in the rural areas will have a BVR in their hut kkkkkk

      • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

        I was reliably informed that there shall be a BVR kit at every chibhorani, dhibha and bhawa in the rural areas.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        I dont know that.

    • Soko

      Vote where.mbwende iwe.
      Just because you vote doesn’t mean every Zimbabwean has that prividge.
      2013 all my siblings in Hre failed to register thanks to the deliberately few voting teams. Mdede is here to make sure no Hararean gets an ID whilst Nikuv makes sure details of the few on the roll are misrepresented to render them incapable.
      Saka iwe kana uchivhota don’t think we are ignorant of ZANU schemes.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    The clarification by UNDP puts MDCTNERA`s trajectory to shame. This comes when MDCTNERA was raising money for a Kombi fare to send their talkative Mwonzora to cry foul at the SADC political doorsteps. MDCTNERA must always understand that politics is by nature an art of the possible, legitimate, legal and constitutional practices. Any misguided trajectories will be buried in political dustbins for archival research by interested students of political history in Zimbabwe. MDCTNERA stands guided accordingly . Mwonzora and company`s futile exercises based on unconstitutional political jurisprudence tactics will always fail. Sovereign Zimbabwe is not given to sharing governing with and accommodating neo colonial forces. That should be very clear in the misguided minds of MDCTNERA and its supporters,who are a minority in this country. They will remain a minority until they espouse policies that resonate with our national interests such black economic empowerment. MDCTNERA`s continued support for sanctions against this country remains a political Achilles heel for them . Ndopaunonzwa vachiti pahapana ma sanctions akaiswa against Zimbabwe ne West. KKKKKKKKkki !

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    The opposition can only play that role by behaving soberly, not by drinking neo colonial alcohol. As a Rhodesian defeated by black rule you can cry against 37 years of our black rule in vain. We took back our land from you BOERS .Sanctions were imposed and our economic problems started after our land reform. The majority of Zimbabweans understand our economic war with the West because of our land reform.That is not 37 years ago you stupid Rhodesian say. Those who cry against economic hardships know when our problems started, not in 1980 as you put it, because you are suffering from Rhodesian nostalgia. That counting of 37 years is only for Rhodesian Front dogs who lost to our armed struggle.

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      Zimbabwe’s problems did not start after the land reform or in 1980. The problem started at Mgagao. Had those comrades made a judicious decision, we would be the star of Africa rather than the current situation wherein we are blaming colonial ghosts for our gross incompetence and dereliction. The land reform was just a knee jerk and desperate response to the electoral threat posed by the MDC. It was more for the survival of ZANU PF as a party rather than a desire to empower Zimbabweans. That is why this land reform – like all things guided by selfish and devilish intents – is a monumental failure. It has turned the ordinary people into paupers, our educated into economic refugees, our professionals into petty thieves and our national soul into a caricature of poverty and violence. We are forced to wage another struggle to free ourselves.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Oh , is it true our economic problems started because we dethroned Ndabaningi Sithole at Mgagao? You interpretation of our land reform is wrong. You have forgotten the land mark statement by our dear leader,Cde Mugabe when he declared in 1990 that our government would move to take the land without paying Boers for it after the expiry of the Lancaster House ten year agreement. You have also forgotten how we kicked our Justice Gubbay for challenging that statement by our leader. To us the land reform is not a failure. We are gradually improving on how to use it. We dont regret that we did not manage to produce e.g tobacco like Boers immediately after taking over the land. You will agree with me that we now now improved on tobacco . We will also improve with time on all other crops. We are learning and are even fine tuning many areas of the reform that need improvement ,such as land allocation. We are also near defeating sanctions to recover our economy. By the way you seem to miss the Ndonga leader who was denounced at Mgagao . Is it because you thought he would not take land from Boers because of his short term political alliance with Smith in Zimbabwe Rhodesia?