Utloile Silaigwana
Mr Utloile Silaigwana
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Mr Utloile Silaigwana is the acting chief elections officer taking of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission He took over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba.[1]

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Personal Details

No information could be found on his age, place of birth, or family.

School / Education

No information could be found on his Junior or High School, or any tertiary education.

Service / Career

Major, [Zimbabwe National Army] (ZNA) Army Education Corps.

Appointed to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), no date found, but pre 2008.

It must also be noted that he was appointed to ZEC when he was still a serving member of the ZNA and was thus among the people that led to the militarization of ZEC and eventually presided over the 2008 elections whose outcomes were heavily contested.

[1] Nehanda Radio, 15 March 2018; retrieved 5 July 2019

It is pertinent to note that as a serving soldier, Silaigwana was part of the tainted ZEC secretariat that withheld election results for five weeks in 2008 in a plebiscite that SADC and the AU emphatically rejected as not reflective of the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

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Senate Hansard 22 February 2017, Vol 26, No 32; retrieved 5 July 2019.


In an interview with News Day, 1 October 2018, Utoile Silaigwana talked about ZEC’s work outside of major elections. ZEC run by-elections, they train, they are visited by other electoral management bodies (EMBs), they do ‘delimitation’ (setting electoral boundaries based to the number of voters in a geographical area), on-going voter registration, and making recommendations to parliament or internal administrative recommendations resulting from past elections.

Asked if he might resign, he responded,

“What motivates me to keep standing upright is I believe that we conducted this election in terms of the existing law and we did not violate any law; that’s what keeps me standing because perception, well, it’s something else.

As an election manager, I look at the law; have we conducted the elections in terms of the law. Have we provided what is expected of us? Yes

If we had violated the country’s laws in terms of running the elections, I would not be standing upright like now.”

[2]

A delegation from the Elections Board of Ethiopia was in Zimbabwe at that time, and the Elections Management Board of Lesotho also came. “The bottom line is we want to conduct elections based on the principles that are internationally recognised.” [1] Newsday, 1 October 2018; retrieved 5 July 2019


On 31 March 2008, he announced the first parliamentary election results. [2] Mail and Guardian, 31 March 2008; retrieved 5 July 2019.


At [Tendai Biti]’s trial, January and February 2019, he gave evidence. [3] Zimbabwe Situation, 24 January 2019; retrieved 5 July 2019. [4] Zimbabwe Situation, 24 January 2019; retrieved 5 July 2019. [5] Zimbabwe Situation, 7 February 2019; Retrieved 5 July 2019.

During the trial, he admitted:

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s acting chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana, yesterday admitted that the electoral body did not invite chief election agents of political parties to verify last year’s July 30 election results as required by the law.

<ref>[6]<\ref> Zimbabwe Situation 24 January 2019; retrieved 5 July 2019.

The [Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition] (CiZC) issued a statement.


Further Reading

https://nehandaradio.com/2019/07/04/silaigwanas-appointment-dents-zec-credibility/ Jul 4, 2019

[7] Kennedy Chokuda Linked in: accessed July 2019.

https://mbaretimes.com/tag/utoile-silaigwana/ 24/01/2019

https://nehandaradio.com/2019/07/04/silaigwanas-appointment-dents-zec-credibility/

Utoile Siliangwa is mentioned in two books; ``History of Zimbabwe’’ [8] Amazon Books; Accessed 5 July 2019.


And; ``Zimbabwe:The End of the First Republic’’ By Jacob W. Chikuhwa [9] Amazon Books; Accessed 5 July 2019.