Lovemore Sekeramayi

Lovemore Chipunza Sekeramayi was the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's chief elections officer at the time of his death in 2014.

Background

He was born in May 1947. He was married to Esther Sekeramayi. He was a seasoned former civil servant in Zimbabwe.

Education

He was a graduate of Social Sciences in UK, he was one of the first few senior civil servants in the newly independent Zimbabwe. He joined the civil service in 1982.

Career

Mr Sekeramayi worked as district administrator (Makonde), provincial administrator (Mashonaland Central), Deputy Registrar General (Administration and Finance) and Deputy Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet.[1] Sekeramayi, a former member of the Central Intelligence Organisation which falls under the President’s Office, presided over the highly disputed March 2008 elections.

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Lovemore Sekeramayi (ZEC Chief Elections Officer) was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Lovemore Sekeramayi is listed under the thematic group “Political Referees: Commissions”. According to the list, he got a loan of US$46,858.00. [2]

Death

Mr Sekeramayi died in Lesotho on 4 June 2014, where he had gone to attend a meeting of chief elections officers for electoral management bodies in the SADC region. Cause of death has been cited as heart and lung failure. He was buried in Marova Village, Chihota.

Mystery surrounding his death

Sekeramayi died a day after ZEC filed an application with the Constitutional Court opposing an application lodged by constitutional lawyer Justice Alfred Mavedzenge to release the voters roll.[3]



References

  1. [1], The Herald, Published: 5 June, 2014, Accessed: 19 July, 2020
  2. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ loan of US$325,368.00-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  3. Tichaona Sibanda, [2], Zimbabwe Situation, Published: 5 June, 2014, Accessed: 19 July, 2020