By Sibusiso Ncube
President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa has questioned the role of international election observers following Malawi’s peaceful elections.
Malawi had its elections mid-year in an election re-run that was not marred by any violence.
Zimbabwe’s last election were also peaceful after calls by President Mnangagwa for a peaceful election process. Despite a peaceful election process, the MDC Alliance still believed that the election had been rigged and challenged the election outcome but failed to provide the evidence for their case.
Speaking during the State Banquet held for Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday, President Mnangagwa commended the peaceful election process in Malawi mid year.
“I should congratulate Malawi, for the first time in our region, possibly on the continent. Here is a country which has had the general elections without foreign observers, without the United Nations, AU, SADC and almost all these civil society organisations observing elections,” President Mnangagwa.
“But they were successful, peaceful elections conducted by Malawi on its own, congratulations. This as I mentioned to you earlier, this makes of think whether it’s still necessary for SADC countries to look for supervision from across oceans. It’s a question which we are interrogating.”