AU, Sadc urged to intervene in Zim to avoid disputes

A LOCAL human rights lobby group has implored the African Union, Sadc and the international community to intervene in the setting up of a high-level multi-sectorial mediation initiative to assist the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to iron out all contested issues to avert disputed polls.

BY Everson Mushava

The National Transitional Justice Working Group Zimbabwe (NTJWG) yesterday said it envisaged a dangerous situation developing ahead of the Monday polls with the electoral field plagued with many issues mitigating the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

The lobby group said unless something was done to iron out contentious issues ahead of the plebiscite, Zimbabwe will soon be confronted by the ghost of past sham elections.

“Having identified these among many other issues, we see a very dangerous situation developing in Zimbabwe,” NTJWG chairman Alec Muchadehama said.

“We thus here call upon the leadership of political parties, Zec, Sadc, African Union and the international community not to wait until it is late to take steps to avoid unrest.

“We recommend the setting up of a high-level inclusive multi-sectoral mediation initiative to assist Zec in arresting the current situation and ensure all contested issues are ironed out in a way that restores the peoples’ confidence in the process.”

The opposition MDC Alliance has been pressuring for electoral reforms, particularly regarding the security and authenticity of the ballot paper and the voters’ roll, but Zec on Tuesday said it was bound by the law in the running of the elections and would not give in to opposition demands.

This forced the MDC Alliance to hold an emergency meeting to decide on the possibility of boycotting the elections if their demands are not met.

But the lobby group said it was concerned with unresolved cases of millitarisation of Zec, treats of violence by top Zanu PF officials if President Emmerson Mnangagwa loses in the forthcoming elections after playing a pivotal role with the aid of the military to remove former President Robert Mugabe last November.

“Zimbabwe cannot go back to a past of violence,” Muchadehama said.


“If the issues identified here are not addressed, we are surely headed back to that place where we are running away from.

“With sufficient maturity, we can avoid another disputed election and ensure that we break the legacy of contested elections. Contested elections are a recipe for instability in the not so distant future.”

The lobby group called on political leaders to make commitment to guarantee post-election peace.

18 Comments

  1. Comment…Ko Kanzurazi vedunhu iri vaiiteyi makore ose apfuura aya?

  2. Farai J Nhire

    What constitutional mandate does this lobby group have with regard to zimbabwean elections. Zimbabwe is a fully functional member of un with all necessary branches: executive, dudiciary and legislature. So truly speaking, what else does Mr Muchadehama of the said lobby group find missing. I urge people like these to know their rightful place in the society and be satisfied with voting for the oposition which is their right rather than going further and try to incite peaceful zimbabweans.

  3. SADC is useless because it failed to reign in on Mnangagwa and the army in November last year after the army staged a coup which the regional body described as a smooth transition of power. SADC has no clue of ending a civil war in Mozambique. So do not expect anything good from SADC.

  4. SADC & AU are useless – productivity can be found with the Commonwealth. Just look at the composition of the staff and the lack of mettle within those organisations. They are actually drawing Afrika back to the stone age. Too polite for nothing in the face of clear, unmitigated oppression. My take.

    1. Fuck Mnagagwa and his Chiwenga, They should not know that I fucked their wives and they taste like salt. We are going to war if our vote is stolen and this time we are getting guns from the USA to fight. All members of the MDC are ready for this war. Fuck Zanu PF and its President

    2. Very true. The MDC Alliance needs to focus on using the energy it generated from those 70+ rallies; people power. Only we Zimbabweans can liberate ourselves. The best that AU or SADC can do for us is to support (not lead) our own initiatives and actions.

  5. But we all helped the Army stage that “coup”; and so, we were complicity. In any case, that’s the only way dictators are removed from power whether you like it or not. Mugabe had become an enemy of many including SADC the AU and the international community and so, his toppling was sweet news to them except you aggrieved G40s, go hang we are happy with the peaceful environment.

  6. Fuck Mnagagwa and his Chiwenga, They should not know that I fucked their wives and they taste like salt. We are going to war if our vote is stolen and this time we are getting guns from the USA to fight. All members of the MDC are ready for this war. Fuck Zanu PF and its President

    1. guns for what you stupid moron if you are a warmonger go join bokoharam american elections were rigged in favour of trump did they go war

  7. SADC its just a mouth piece of Dictatorship to continue grip on power. SADC is useless in actual fact its just a toothless dog. Right now SADC is dancing with zanu and zec . I was shocked to hear that one of the sadc member from Ethiopia upon arrival on Harare international airport he said the preparations for the hamonised elections is good. KKKKKKK sadc yakadhakwa they fail to address the instability in Kenya ,now they are in Zimbabwe to cause another disputed election. Shame on you Sadc. BIG UP FOR C/WEALTH AND UNITED NATIONS.

  8. guns for what you stupid moron if you are a warmonger go join bokoharam american elections were rigged in favour of trump did they go war

  9. guns for what you stupid moron if u are a war monger go join bokoharam american election were rigged in favour of trump did they go to war

  10. AU and SADC are there as observers, if ZEC is executing its duties according to the constitution of Zimbabwe, then they will not intervene.Its very normal that when two people are in a race they will disagree on various issues and that does not mean ZEC has a problem.

  11. kid marongorongo

    this body is somehow lost there is no constitution that stipulates that they should intervene in elections. they confirmed ZEC professionalism so why should AU and SADC should have to intervene the ground is level.

  12. Farai J Nhire

    Some people carelesly talk about war as if it’s a soccer match. Vanhu vakadai ndidzo mbwende dzinoda kufurira vamwe. Piwai zvombo zvenyu izvozvo tione kuti zvinopinda nepi. Zimbabwe is a landlocked nation surrounded by friendly nations and partners in regional bodies, vana SDC vacho ivava. You should be prepared to fight the whole of sadc starting with South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Mozampique ne Zambia.Don’t forget zvirikuitwa materorists ne Russia kuSyria.

  13. chamisa aremera zanu kkkkkkkk

  14. Why should SADC and AU intervene in sovereign matters? Has anyone threatened international peace and security during the ekection period in Zimbabwe. ZEC is referring to the constitution in everything they do. Some people just make noise without a shred of understand ing of how international relations work. There is a thin line between early warning and being alarmist.

  15. Comment…Demet

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