Rigging fears: Three Israelis granted special immigration clearance ahead of make-or-break Malawi election

THE visit of three Israelis ahead of Malawi’s re-run, who have flown into Malawi in what immigration authorities termed “an invitation by State House on a Business Visit” has ignited rigging fears as the country prepares for a fresh plebiscite.

The Constitutional Court sanctioned fresh presidential election will be held on May 19, 2020 amid high level of anxiety in the country.

Incumbent president Peter Mutharika is said to have invited the Israeli agents as the country prepares for the fresh plebiscite.

Malawi’s constitutional court annulled last year’s controversial election, which saw Mutharika narrowly re-elected after the court established there had been widespread irregularities in the 21 May vote.

However, the opposition has been thrust on edge after Malawi’s Immigration and citizenship Services on March 2 issued visas to Israeli nationals whose visit was stated as ‘business’ but are enjoying a presidential company.

Documents seen by Zim Morning Post show that Aviv Osher, Bar Lev Omer and Tsairi Marom were issued with visas upon their arrival in Malawi after the State House notified the Immigration department of their visit.

Israelis have played key roles in rigging elections in Africa.

In 2013 allegations involving Nikuv International Projects (NIP), a shadowy Israeli security company which deals with voters’ rolls and handling of election results, rocked the Zimbabwean polls which saw the late former president Robert Mugabe winning the controversial polls.

The former Mossad spooks used several methods, including producing different copies of the voters’ rolls and setting up sneaky polling stations, to fix elections in favour of Mugabe and Zanu PF.

The shadowy company, Nikuv – which handles voters’ rolls and election results, and offers intelligence services such as debugging and counter-surveillance – hastily shut down its Avondale offices in Harare three days after elections.

Nikuv was in charge of the voters’ roll which was riddled with duplicating of names, names of people outside the country, names of dead people and other irregularities which could have been manipulated to engineer results.

As Malawi prepares to cast the vote again, voter registration fears are abound that the former Mossad spooks will play a pivotal role in the registration of voters to deliver victory to Mutharika.