Breaking News

Zimbabwe elections will only be free and fair is Britain and EU observe them

by Staff reporter
06 March 2013 | 3298 Views
BRITAIN yesterday said Zimbabwe's  forthcoming polls will only be free and fair if the country invites the European Union observer team.

Some Zanu-PF aligned analysts criticised London's conclusion on the elections that are yet to be held, saying though the EU claimed to be reputable,  its reputation was questionable in Zimbabwe.

The British statement, delivered by ambassador to Zimbabwe Ms Deborah Bronnert, came after Government indicated on Tuesday that it would not invite the EU and US observers as long as the illegal sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe were in place.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said the country would invite international observers from Sadc, Comesa, the African Union and friendly countries.

Addressing journalists in Harare, Ms Bronnert claimed that the EU had a "very good reputation" and well-trained observer team in the world.

Although she said it was up to the Government of Zimbabwe to invite the EU as part of international observers, Ms Bronnert claimed that inviting the EU would help to validate the election results.

"It is common fact around the world that you invite the international observers.

"The European Union has a very good reputation and a well-trained observer team. If Zimbabwe is going to run free-and-fair elections, then it has to invite international observers."

Asked if the Government of Zimbabwe decided to invite other internationally-acclaimed organisations excluding the EU, Ms Bronnert said: "EU has a respected observer team around the world . . . it is up to the Government of Zimbabwe to invite them."

Ms Bronnert said Britain wanted to see the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement and was ready to work with any Government representing the will of the Zimbabwean people.

The EU, she said, would lift illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe if it held a credible referendum next Saturday, describing such a referendum as encompassing what would transpire on the voting day.

She said the EU would take into account the voter turnout and input from political parties and civic society to judge the credibility of the referendum.

Department for International Development country representative Jane Rintoul, who was also present at the Press briefing, said they would not respond positively to Government's request for election funding if the EU, which she referred to as the international community, was not invited.

She said DFID was bankrolling several development programmes in the country such as education and strengthening democracy and economic governance.

Professor Jonathan Moyo said the absence of the EU on the election list of observers was "neither the beginning nor the end of the world".

"It may be the case that the EU has a credible reputation elsewhere, but it certainly does not have a credible reputation in Zimbabwe because it imposed illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe outside the international law and United Nations systems," he said.

"The elections are not elsewhere, but in Zimbabwe and only credible groups and countries that have not been partisan can come and observe the elections."

Prof Moyo said it would "be foolish" for the EU to expect an invitation from a country that had been ravaged by its sanctions. He said if the EU wanted to observe Zimbabwe's elections, it should first restore good relations with the country.

"No rational country can invite an enemy into the house," he said.

"The sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe are not a friendly gesture, but an act of aggression."

Midlands State University lecturer Dr Nhamo Mhiripiri said it was surprising that the EU expected to be invited by Zimbabwe, yet the bloc did not invite Harare to observe similar processes.

"People with issues with the Government of Zimbabwe can not be the best peers in this case," he said.




"If Zimbabwe is not accredited to observe the same functions in Europe, the same should prevail because there are no junior partners in modern day politics.

"We are now in the post colonial period where participants are viewed as equal elements in international systems of democratic governance," said Dr Mhiripiri.

Elections

Source: TH

Should airtime and street vendors pay the $1 a day State levy?

Yes
10.36%
No
83.14%
Desperation
6.51%
676

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Senior cop blocks investigations in Magaya case - A lawyer representin...

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 294 Views

Three churches robbed - Police say theft and armed robbery cases are o...

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 534 Views

Islamic State opens new anti-US front with beheading video

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 514 Views

Obama calls for joint effort to eliminate 'ISIL'

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 408 Views

Harare twins with China's biggest manufacturing provinces - Harare Met...

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 441 Views

Govt in bid to stamp out fake seeds - The government is working with s...

by Staff Reporter | 20 August 2014 | 599 Views

New 4Play condoms hit Zimbabwe streets as sex-scandals increase - A ne...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 4226 Views

RBZ pays 16 year old Meikles debt - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1970 Views

Car thief voluntarily implicates himself on two more counts - A man ja...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2624 Views

Zanu-PF MP's trial kicks off - The trial of Zanu-PF legislator for Mho...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1968 Views

Zimplats mine shut down - The Bimha mine in Zimbabwe, operated by Zimp...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2918 Views

SADC to drive greater benefits from Mugabe's leadership - As the curt...

by John Sigauke | 20 August 2014 | 1828 Views

Cable thief electrocuted near JM Nkomo airport via WhatsApp update - ...

by Concerned Citizen | 20 August 2014 | 2904 Views

Lost and found ID, Samantha Dube from Bubi district - WhatsApp update ...

by SA Resident | 20 August 2014 | 998 Views

Tsvangirai, the best since sliced bread - The highly compromised elect...

by Dlayila Omuhle | 20 August 2014 | 3704 Views

'Solusi University students having torrid time' - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 20 August 2014 | 3399 Views

Bosso hike gate charges

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 20 August 2014 | 1968 Views

Children report policeman father over negligence

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1747 Views

MDC-T youths, pastor remanded in custody - The seven MDC-T youths and ...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1479 Views

Zanu-PF provincial chair makes a U-turn on Mutasa national chair backi...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2499 Views

Zanu-PF infighting blights economic recovery - Political and economic...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1089 Views

Zanu-PF provinces torn over presidium endorsement - All 10 provinces i...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2279 Views

Mugabe recalls 6 ambassadors

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 4351 Views

'Mugabe aware of farm invasions,' says Dabengwa

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2549 Views

Mugabe rejects Tsvangirai's fresh polls call

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2220 Views

Dembare players in fist fight over bonuses

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2641 Views

'Prophet Magaya must be arrested for bigamy'

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 5757 Views

Garden boy scalds tenant with porridge

by Mashudu Netsianda | 20 August 2014 | 1851 Views

Woman uses friend's house to get loan

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1840 Views

Entertainment

Ex-Q dumps wife and 2 kids, elopes with Sugar Mummy - Flamboyant rappe...

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 2720 Views

DJ Cleo's goalkeeping dream going nowhere

by Staff reporter | 20 August 2014 | 1745 Views

New MaZimba film out soon

by Staff Reporter | 19 August 2014 | 2683 Views

The Real D2 Revealed

by Staff Reporter | 19 August 2014 | 1329 Views

Munotidako charms Macheso - Controversial lyricist Jacob Moyana charme...

by Tawanda Marwizi | 19 August 2014 | 2028 Views

Harare artist releases new Hip Hop single

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2014 | 833 Views

Reason why Minnie Dlamini dumped Khune - SABC sports presenter Minnie...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2014 | 5700 Views

SABC threatens to fire Generations actors - The SABC has threatened t...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2014 | 2010 Views