United States-based Zimbabwean Biomedical Scientist and Software Engineer, Freeman Chari, has launched a GoFundMe campaign for Team Pachedu, a group of Zimbabweans who are working on enhancing transparency and holding public officials in Zimbabwe accountable.
Recently, Team Pachedu discovered alleged discrepancies in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) national voters’ roll.
It is alleged that ZEC moved 170 000 voters from their constituencies and wards and created additional polling stations under unclear circumstances.
Chari, a Team Pachedu alumni and a former member, said the group requires computers, servers and software. He said:
The work we do requires spending a lot of resources on computers, servers and software. We also spend a lot of personal resources to hold the government accountable.
[The money will be used] to cover our work’s daily needs, which includes the need for bigger computing power and licensed software. There may be some things we need to also outsource.
The GoFundMe campaign is targeting to raise US$5 000. To date, US$3 154 has been raised from 136 donations, with the highest donor having advanced US$110.