SADC endorses Zimbabwe’s elections

via SADC endorses Zimbabwe’s elections | News24  2013-08-17 17:23

Lilongwe – Southern African leaders opened an annual summit on Saturday endorsing disputed elections in Zimbabwe that extended President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year rule by another five years.

“Congratulations to comrade Robert Mugabe for conducting peaceful elections,” said the incoming head of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President Joyce Banda of Malawi.

“We wish to offer you continued support as a member of the family,” Banda said, to wild cheers from the audience at the start of the 15-nation summit.

A smiling Mugabe acknowledged the endorsement with his traditional clenched-fist salute.

MDC withdraws challenge

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party said on Friday he had withdrawn a legal challenge to the elections, claiming the courts would not be fair.

This removed the last hurdle to 89-year-old leader Mugabe’s inauguration for a seventh term.

The SADC observer mission for the 31 July elections judged the vote was free, but have not yet commented on its fairness.

The SADC will publish its report on Zimbabwe’s polls during this weekend’s summit, according to President Jacob Zuma.

Banda took over the rotational one-year chairmanship of the SADC from Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza, becoming the first woman to head the bloc since its inception 33 years ago.

Summit

The two-day summit is expected to be dominated by the political stand-off in Madagascar and the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Malawian official.

Madagascar has been suspended from the regional grouping since strongman Andry Rajoelina toppled Marc Ravalomanana in 2009.

The SADC has been pushing the rivals to follow through on a roadmap meant to steer the island nation toward elections, which Banda hinted could be due this year.

The vote has repeatedly been put on hold amid controversy over the candidacies of the three front-runners, including Rajoelina.

Regional mediators have called for Rajoelina, Ravalomanana’s wife Lalao and former leader Didier Ratsiraka to stand aside, but all three have refused.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a quarter-million people have fled their homes since last year when a rebel group calling itself the M23 took up arms against government troops in the mineral-rich but chronically unstable east.

 

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    jongwe power 7 years ago

    Wow! Who didn’t see that one coming? Nobody cares whether the elections were rigged or not.

    Business as usual.

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      nesbert majoni 7 years ago

      If you are suffering like the rest of us in Zimbabwe you must be stupid to say you dont care.What is there to celebrate in a country where load shedding and dry water taps is the order of the day.

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    Pachokwadi 7 years ago

    Satan can never curse the demons, they are just his angels and without them he can do much. Don’t expect the zimbabwean court to nullify Mugabes stolen victory or some of these African heard of states to speak reasonably about the flawed election in Zim. They need Mugabe as much as he needs them. They are playing inthe same team. CHISINGAPERI CHINOSHURA MUSORO WEGUDO CHAVA CHINOKORO. It will all come to pass. The peoples will shall prevail. Some within the Sadc and the AU will or already sees the truth about Mugabe. That he cares about no one but himself. There will always be good and evil people. We hope the good one in those organisation will stand for truth and expose Mugabe for who he ready is. A selfish and ruthless African dectater.

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      eztechplc 7 years ago

      You are a man or woman of great wisdom. I ll call you King Solomon. I think the results of the election will take us close to the said 40 years of wondering the desert……things may worsen in the last 3 years and the Lord, like he said to Moses, Aaron and Joshua “You have wondered the deserts (and mountains) for too long….now turn northwards”

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    Matsuvane 7 years ago

    I am continually startled by the brutal reality that I belong in this part of the world with these SADC morons. One wonders what they stand for. Its a forum for dictatorial camaraderie masquerading as a principled regional integration instrument.

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    Naison Nyereyegona 7 years ago

    Of all the stupid comments I have ever come accross, the silliest must be the article by Martin Mlevu which appeared in the Bulawayo24.com of 18 August 2013 tittled “Mugabe’s second ‘moment of madness'” In the article, Mr. Mlevu tries to claim that Zanu Pf’s win in Matebeleland South and some parts of Matebeleland North is inconceivable given the Gukurahundi issue and therefore the win must be because of rigging. He further doubts Zanu Pf’s win given that the whole region was in favour of Devolution and what he termed, ‘Ndebele Nationalism.’ Mr. Martin Mlevu failled to notice that the entire Matebeleland region rejected, and emphatically so, the mushroomed so called Ndebele parties in the name of Zapu and MDC led by Dumiso Dabengwa and Welshman Ncube respectively. These parties failled to get one seat, not one- in the so called Ndebele constituencies where Mlevu claims there was a huge desire for Devolution and the so called Ndebele Nationalism. Mr. Martin Mlevu also failled to notice that the Ndebele people actually opted for Shona parties – Zanu Pf and Mdc-T. That in itself shows that the so called Ndebele Nationalism exists only in Mr. Mlevu’s head and not in the minds of the Ndebele people. As for the so called Gukurahundi emotions that Mr. Mlevu so desperately tries to stir, let me say this:- Mr. Mlevu should realise that the history of Matebeleland did not start in 1983. Bigger emotions exist, of the marouding, invading, pillaging, murderous and raping Ndebele Impis coming to Zimbabwe all the way from Zululand. Oh yes, even the so called Matebeleland today has in fact Shona names used by Shona people who used to live there but had to abandon their land because of murderous Ndebele people who annexed that land which, today is called Matebeleland. There is not one Shona family without stories of cattle, brothers and sisters abducted by the Ndebeles and killed or captured to work as slave couriers of the invaders. I think that by voting for Zanu Pf, the Ndebele people have come to realise, and wisely so, that those who stay in glass houses should not throw stones. Let me give a chilling warning to those who so often want to temper with the so called Gukurahundi fabrications, that once the emotions of the Ndebele invasions of the 1800’s are ressurrected, there will be retributions far greater, far more obliterating than the so called Gukurahundi. People fail to understand that Gukurahundi was in response to the Dissident menece which sought to glorify and intitutionalise the 1800’s Ndebele slaughter of the Shona people. That had to be crushed. It was crushed. Today, no Ndebele dreamer ever thinks of the 1800’s style invasion of the Shona again. A small clique of those Ndebele who never experienced Gukurahundi in the Bulawayo city cetre who voted for MDC-T must realise that their vote for the sell out party will yield them nothing-nothing, nothing at all except being viewed as the remnant of that intransigent Ndebele clique which needs to be dealt with in future- and it will be dealt with, one way or the other!!!!!!! As for Mr. Martin Mlevu, the soil on which you move is watching, is reading your hogwash and is angry!!!! Be wear on the ides of March!!!!

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    Tinzweiwo 7 years ago

    You are wasting time arguing on things you cant change.Why not wake up and do something for your family rather than preten o sympathise for a lost sheep that does not even care for you? Time is fast moving.

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    tapera nkomo 7 years ago

    What did you expect from SADC leaders most of whom also win ‘elections’ through dubious means? Mugabe and these leaders are ‘birds of the same feather’. One lady SADC panel member said they had 25 observers for the whole country and were satisfied the elections were free, fair and credible. What FICTION!!!

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    it shall come to pass 7 years ago

    It shall all come to pass. Remember Gadhafi, Sad am Husein, Banda, Mubarak. We expect the wise 90 year old to steer the country thru the 21st century!