SHADOWY Israeli security company, Nikuv International Projects Ltd, which was accused of manipulating the disputed July 31 general elections last year in favour of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, has moved data files from its old Makombe Building offices to new premises at the army headquarters at KGVI, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal.
Sources in the Home Affairs ministry told the Independent that Nikuv officials were last week busy packing thousands of files into a container.
“What shocked everyone here is that these guys were doing the job themselves. No caretaker was allowed to help carry the files and we hear they are going to destroy them,” said sources who work in the registry department.
Nikuv’s Zimbabwe representative Ron Asher could neither confirm nor deny his company is relocating to KGVI.
“My friend, I do not talk to the press concerning our business issues. Bye-bye, thank you,” Asher said.
The container, which Nikuv officials used to ferry the files, has since been taken to KGVI.
Following Nikuv’s controversial role in the run-up to elections where it was paid at least US$10 million by Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede’s office in mysterious deposits between February and the day before the July 31 poll, sources in the RG’s Office told this paper Nikuv was rewarded for its role in the disputed elections through a fresh contract for the production of passports.
Nikuv, which produces biometric passports for Zimbabweans, recently got a new contract to take over the printing of passport booklets which was being done by Fidelity Printers.
The Nikuv website publicises a sample of a new Zimbabwean passport as well as a sample plastic ID as it finally opens up to the public the role it is playing in the Home Affairs ministry and entrenches its presence in Zimbabwe.
“The Israeli company is now operating from the new offices where it is now printing the whole passport instead of the security features as in the past,” said a highly-placed government official.