We Must Ban SADC, AU Observers, They Are Not Credible – Ibbo Mandaza

Academic and publisher Ibbo Mandaza has called for the election observers from the African continent to be banned. Mandaza argues that observers from the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are not credible as they purportedly always support the incumbent. Said, Mandaza

There is a bunch of SADC observers who are here making very profound statements on arrival.

Should we trust observers, or should we ban observers? What use are they, really? The SADC and AU observer missions have been a disaster and if it were not for the Common Wealth Observer Mission in 2002 and EU, it might be a different narrative in this country.

Should we have observers only who are credible and therefore objective than partisan ones which are likely to be the case with the AU and SADC? They are partisan. We had a coup in this country but neither AU nor SADC has said so in the face of a blatant coup.

…They should be disqualified from observing. Until they can be proven that they are objective which they are not, I don’t think we should rely on them at all.

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Last year, the Supreme Court of Kenya annulled last year’s presidential election and called for a new one despite the fact that former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the African Union had declared the election to be free and fair.

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3 comments on “We Must Ban SADC, AU Observers, They Are Not Credible – Ibbo Mandaza

  1. for once i support what you are saying those organisations should be dissolved even un but look here we don’t have a strong opposition your party is as weak as derere you are already fight for power among yourselves what do you want them to do they can’t buy us a ready made government for us they are doing their best under the circumstance read their reports about zimbabwe and you shut it you knew that zanu don’t follow the constitution but you kept quiet for five years in the parliament why now Crocheter even if you win the power is army don’t you get it ask mugabe he knows the deal

  2. I do not get the sense Ibo you sound like a mouth piece of JONATHAN MOYO you wanted Mugabe to continue to opress us? You are saying Mugabe was the legitimate leader after rigging elections ? There is a maxim in Roman Dutch law that goes ” In terms of equal guilt the loss lies where it is.” The law will not assist a criminal like Mugabe tough luck if you have a,soft sport for him the generality of ZIMBABWEANS don’t.

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