The Zanu PF Government has stated that they are working on a response to the preliminary report from the Sadc Elections Observer Mission (SEOM).
The Government has criticised the scathing report, saying it contains errors, unreliable information, and exaggerated claims from the country’s opposition parties.
Zanu PF Strategy Following SADC Report Revealed
In addition to diplomatic efforts, George Charamba, spokesperson for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, mentioned that they are creating a document to share with other countries in the SADC region. Charamba emphasized that it’s within Zimbabwe’s rights to respond since they are a country under observation.
Charamba cautioned Zimbabweans against excessive excitement, noting that this is just the beginning of a lengthy adoption process.
“We are at the beginning stage of a very long process of adoption which is why Zimbabweans must not be overly excited, and in any event Zimbabwe as a country under observation has its right of response and I happen to know that work is already underway to consolidate a national response to what is in fact a very faulty report by the Sadc Observer Mission. The second point that I want to make is that Sadc is a creature of the Frontline States which is essentially an anti-imperial formation. This has been its history and I daresay this is its trajectory now and into the future,” Charamba told State-owned newspapers.
Authority, Approvals, and Future Steps
Charamba further added that the report compiled by the SEOM is not binding as it has to be taken to the Sadc Troika first.
He added that the Troika Plus 1 will then have to adopt the document and even after its adoption, it has to be adopted by a Sadc Summit, which will be taking place next year in June in Harare, when Zimbabwe assumes chairmanship of the regional body.