If ZEC Is Independent, I Am The Next Pope: Ruhanya

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HARARE – Political commentator and researcher Pedzisai Ruhanya has challenged the country’s election governing body the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over it’s biased in conducting it’s electoral mandate and favoring the ruling Zanu PF party in conducting electoral process.

ZEC has announced that it has registered 2000 voters in 2021 country wide, with political analyst quetions the constitutionaly established body.

Ruhanya on Thursday challenged the Justice Priscilla Chigumba led election governing body saying if it is truly independent, and Zanu PF or security sector has no hand in it then he will become the next Vatican leader (Pope).

“If ZEC is independent then I Pedzisai Ruhanya i am the next Pope”, Ruhanya twitted.

Pedzisai Ruhanya is a Zimbabwean academic, journalist, and political commentator. He has written articles for Al Jazeera. Ruhanya is the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI).


He studied journalism, political science, sociology and Human Rights Law at the Universities of Zimbabwe, Essex (UK) and Westminster (UK). He is a former Hubert Humphrey Fellow on International Human Rights Law with the Universities of Minnesota and New York (USA). postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Humanities.[1] During his fellowship year at the University of Minnesota, Ruhanya focused on international human rights law and the law of armed conflict.[2]


Ruhanya was the Programs Manager for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition which he joined in 2004. He coordinated the organization’s activities, including the documentation of human rights abuses and research in comparative human rights violations, promotion, and protection in Southern Africa.[2]BooksThe History and Political Transition of Zimbabwe: From Mugabe to Mnangagwa

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