Zimbabwe referendum credible - SADC

2013-03-17 22:43

Harare - The southern African regional bloc which brokered a coalition pact in Zimbabwe on Sunday handed the constitutional referendum a clean bill of health despite isolated incidents of violence ahead of the vote.

Saturday's vote, which is set to endorse the constitution that will pave the way for elections, was "peaceful and credible", said Bernard Membe, Tanzania's foreign minister who headed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer mission.

"This is a major step in the implementation" of reforms agreed under a power-sharing government between President Robert Mugabe and his long time rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

SADC, which deployed 120 observers, however raised concerns about incidents of violence and intimidation citing an attack on Tsvangirai's activists on the eve of the vote in Harare's Mbare township.

It urged police to take action and arrest perpetrators.

  • Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-17 23:09

    The police(Mugabe's thugs)

      Gollum - 2013-03-19 01:13

      Well done News24 for deleting my comment that stated my opinion that the SADC are spineless Mugabe yes-men. Would love to know what I stated that wasn't already well-known or offensive.

      Wilbert Chicop - 2013-03-19 18:38

      Munhu ngaarobwe sekuru zim isn't 4 tvangisn nganyangarisve munhu iyeye

      Wilbert Chicop - 2013-03-19 19:29

      Munhu ngaarobwe sekuru zim isn't 4 tvangisn nganyangarisve munhu iyeye

  • Joel Marashe - 2013-03-17 23:20

    It is not enough to urge the police to take action; SADC should ensure that the police surely takes action.

  • George Mlambo - 2013-03-17 23:45

    SADAC with its Salamao the supporter of Bob it is toothles

  • Alan Street - 2013-03-18 05:20

    The African Mafia strikes yet again!

  • Thembane Colly Hlazboy - 2013-03-18 06:17

    No opposition party in zimbwe, MDC is its own opposition with five factions. Morgan is busy wominizing and travelling to Europe. when last have u heard from him?

  • Moremi Moremi - 2013-03-18 06:54

    sadc wil never support tsvangirai bcos his head is spinning, he is a puppet n zim is not stable bcos of him.

      Lucky Luke - 2013-03-18 07:29

      of course and your name is moremi moremi, at least its easier not to forget, 50% chance, and you can't get confused as to what your christian and surnames are!

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-03-18 07:27


  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-18 08:38

    Electoral Committee "Bob, you lost the elections, sorry boss" Bob "No I didn't" EC "Uhm, yes you did" Bob "No I didn't" EC "But the figures showed......" Bob " The figures show what I want them to show"

  • Justin4aSecond - 2013-03-18 14:38

    Yeah, clean bill of health my @rse.

  • pages:
  • 1