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Zimbabwe president questions foreign observer role in elections

Southern African countries should consider holding their general elections without the presence of international observers, Mnangagwa said.
Emmerson Mnangagwa. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Southern African countries should consider holding their general elections without the presence of international observers, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.

Hosting a state dinner for visiting Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, Mnangagwa said Malawi was a country that had held “harmonised presidential elections without foreign observers.” Elections were held without the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community and civil society organisations observing, “but they were successful, peaceful elections conducted by Malawi on its own,” he said.

“This makes us think whether it’s still necessary in future for SADC countries to look for supervision from across oceans,” Mnangagwa said.

Chakwera, who was elected president in June, is on a two-day visit to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is due to hold general elections in 2023.

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Whahahaaaa.

The Penny STILL has not dropped has it???

Because african countries cannot be trusted – never ever!

Time for ordinary Zimbabweans to rise and take back their country from the thugs.

The international observers were useless on the recent Zimbabwean election – they and the opposition did not insist that overseas Zimbabweans can vote.

ZANU-PF governs so badly that a large part of the population had to flee the country, to stay alive. Their vote could have made a difference.

Zim can source their own “international, independent” election observers within their own borders:
Anyone sourced from outlier towns like Mutare, Masvingo, Hwange, etc would fit the description as being “international”

I’m mean, the distance from these towns to Harare ON FOOT is a HELL of a long walk….the time taken to walk the distance, would count as being “internationally” far away…

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