Zimbabwe’s ‘stolen’ polls

Onslaught on democracy: Zimbabwe’s ZANU PF has a long record of outfoxing SADC and clinging to power 
PIC: XINHUA
Onslaught on democracy: Zimbabwe’s ZANU PF has a long record of outfoxing SADC and clinging to power PIC: XINHUA

The outcome of the much-publicised visit to Zimbabwe by the SADC Panel of Elders is being kept under wraps. The panel was headed by Charles Tibone, former Labour Minister and Tati West legislator, who replaced the panel leader and former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete at the last minute.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that SADC has mandated South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the dialogue with Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa. The only certainty is the submission of the SOEM report to the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Troika President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia. This act may trigger the convening of a SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit to address the Zimbabwean elections; a move the regime would try to thwart by all means.

While these silent diplomatic manoeuvres are playing out, sceptics are reminded of Zimbabwe’s long record of outfoxing SADC and clinging to power and continue lining their unpatriotic pockets with ill-gotten loot. Despite the damning reports by different election observer missions that have variously described the August 23/24 general election as a sham, Mnangagwa’s regime is confident the SADC will do nothing.


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