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Zim electoral chief denies being in relationship with presidential candidate

The electoral commission chair, Priscilla Chigumba, has expressly denied having an affair with one of Zimbabwe’s 23 presidential candidates.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Priscilla Chigumba. Picture: @ZECzim/Twitter

HARARE - The head of Zimbabwe’s electoral commission, Priscilla Chigumba has denied that she is in a relationship with one of the 23 presidential candidates.

With just two weeks to go before elections in the country, Chigumba has been accused of showing bias towards the ruling party.

Chigumba has made an eloquent defence of herself. During an interview on Monday night with local radio station Capitalk, Chigumba said that her private life should remain private.

But she insisted she was not in any relationship that is likely to jeopardise her role.

The electoral commission chair expressly denied having an affair with one of Zimbabwe’s 23 presidential candidates.

Rumours of that swirled on Monday, raising fresh questions about the judge’s ability to run this month’s elections impartially.

Prominent local journalist Edmund Kudzayi has subsequently alleged on Twitter that Chigumba is in a relationship with a married cabinet minister.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)