Sadc endorses Mugabe

LILONGWE — Sadc leaders meeting for their 33rd annual summit in Malawi yesterday endorsed the disputed July 31 elections in Zimbabwe won by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF.

BY ELIAS MAMBO

Malawian President, Joyce Banda who took over as the Sadc chairperson from outgoing leader, Mozambican president Armando Geubuza congratulated Mugabe for conducting “peaceful and fair polls.”

“We wish to offer you continued support as a member of the family,” Banda said.

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also congratulated Mugabe for holding credible elections, amid reports that the Zimbabwe leader was given a near-hero welcome by delegates.

Observers from both the AU and Sadc endorsed the elections saying they were held in a peaceful and free environment. But the two bodies are yet to take a decision on the fairness of the polls.

The Sadc summit was preceded by a closed door gathering of the Sadc troika on Friday night attended by leaders from South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania.

Although the two-day summit is called to discuss the political and security situation in the region, the recently concluded election in Zimbabwe will make it to the agenda after Geubuza insisted on including it.

But Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa said a communiqué would be issued today for the “opposition to see”.

“We knew it would end like this and Zimbabwe is no longer on the Sadc agenda after holding a successful election,” he said.

A jovial Mugabe left the Sadc meeting a happy man, raising his traditional clenched fist. He thanked the outgoing Sadc executive secretary, Tomaz Salamao for a job well-done.

Sources said Zimbabwe and Seychelles were fighting to deputise Malawi.

Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi refused to comment saying independent papers have been distorting facts.

Upon Mugabe’s arrival at Kamuzu International airport on Friday, he took a swipe at the West after being asked on their reaction to the just-ended disputed elections in which he trounced his long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai of MDC-T.

Mugabe said the West always wanted to dictate the state of affairs in Africa.

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9 Responses to Sadc endorses Mugabe

  1. Nyozoh August 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    katsotsi!

  2. robobo August 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    PEACE AND FAIR – DO NOT EQUATE TO “CREDIBLE”.
    WELCOME TO THE CLUB OF AFRICAN DICTATORS !

  3. Colonel August 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Its done Sadc leaders congratulate his Excellency

  4. chimwango August 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    SADC and AU do not believe in democracy.They want to oppress people with impunity and hold election regularly to cheat the western nation and other democratic forces.

    • Gutter Poet August 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      @Chimwango- interesting take on this..Of course this does not discount some of the successes they have scored like peace in Somalia, the new order coming to Madagascar, denunciation of the coup in Egypt and so on. Give it time the continental bodies are just beginning to wake up..Remember Museveni chastising them in 1987 with this “Where were you when the children of Uganda were being slaughtered?”..Lets all be fair, they are moving in the right direction but it would not hurt them if they increased their speed.

    • PPP August 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      The AU and SADC are not in place to please the Western nations. If you didn’t know the AU(formerly OAU) was formed to liberate Africans from Western oppression. Now you think they have all the qualifications to teach us about democracy.

  5. lenovo August 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    @Chimwango…uchadonha neBP, most of your
    contributions are full of sound and fury but no substance.

  6. cde mapinganzira August 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    thank u sadc. we ar done with these hormosexuals

  7. Colonel August 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Munhu wese kana Obama chaiye anoziwa kuti Mugabe akariga ma election.Kune wakavotera zanu

    kana economy yakatanga futi to donha ndimi muchamama!!

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