EU observer mission barred — Mumbengegwi

HARARE - Zimbabwe has barred an observer mission from the European Union because they imposed sanctions on the country, Foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has said.

Mubengegwi said the EU bloc, which runs one of the biggest observer missions in the world, was not part of over 50 groups invited to oversee Zimbabwe’s crucial election.

“We have not invited any nation which imposed sanctions on us, so the EU will not be part of the observers,” Mumbengegwi told the Daily News after the launch of the Sadc Electoral Observer Mission (Seom) to Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.

“They should totally remove all sanctions if they are genuine about re-engagement.”

Zimbabwe is currently in a process of normalising relations with the EU and the US.

Mumbengegwi said the decision to bar the EU mission was a Cabinet decision.

“I was working under Cabinet instruction, it was not my personal decision not to invite them, it was a Cabinet decision,” he said.

“So I invited missions from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and so forth. I haven’t kept record of who has confirmed. We do not care what the EU will think about our elections, but we certainly do care what these people (Sadc mission) think.”

Apart from the EU, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) also rejected an application by the Carter Centre founded by former US President Jimmy Carter.

Meanwhile, the Sadc mission dispatched 442 observers in 10 provinces and in all 210 constituencies.

Seom acknowledged that the numbers were few to cover the 9 670 polling stations in Zimbabwe.

“The mission will collaborate with other observer missions, both local and foreign in their areas of deployment to their analysis and verification of the information obtained,” said Bernad Membe, the head of Seom.

“The mission implores the various authorities and stakeholders facilitating for this election to ensure that political and civil liberties of the citizens are protected to enable the free expression of the voters.”

Comments (15)

it is unfortunate that zanu pf behaves as if it is still the ruling party. In any case, EU or no EU, the Zimbabwean population is going to judge its leadership according to their performance, actions etc. come 31 July.

Zvichapera Chete - 17 July 2013

There is no ruling party in Zimbabwe, MDC formations do you agree with the decisions of barring the EU? If not why do you allow this arrogant Party dictate what should be done and what should not. You are giving zanu the powers they dont have. Everything that has to do with zimbabweans should come from a tripartite agreement.

Zvachinja - 17 July 2013

Ana mbembegwi tibvirei apa, mad becuase u not allowed to travel to europe get out of here. SADC needs to move around in the evening too because that is when zpf intimidates people. I thot robert is not fond of sadc, zanu are in for a shocker!

obama4eva - 17 July 2013

If Zanupf is calling itself Zimbabwe then we are in for a rough ride.

Fokofo Mhani - 17 July 2013

Dr. Mumbengegi says this was a cabinet decision, right? Now the other two players who sit in cabinet must come out CLEARLY and tell us why they are happy to take EU funds for health, education and health but are barring them from contesting in favour of those who have not helped in any way? And what difference does it make if the EU attends or not? I mean the real difference not some imagined one..

gutter poet - 17 July 2013

If the "ERECTIONS" are free and fair why not invite everyone vazvionere vega.Zanu u up to no good, we know u

Mupfana weBikini - 17 July 2013

PEACE YOU ARE PREACHING AGAINST TODAY BROUGHT THESE "SO CALLED SANCTIONS". NOW THAT YOU ARE PREACHING PEACE zvinoreva kuti those who imposed them were right THANKS EU WE NOW TEST PEACE ONCE MORE. THESE ZPF PEOPLE WERE THUGS

GUMBOREHOHWA - 17 July 2013

VIOLENCE YOU ARE PREACHING AGAINST TODAY BROUGHT THESE "SO CALLED SANCTIONS". NOW THAT YOU ARE PREACHING PEACE zvinoreva kuti those who imposed them were right THANKS EU WE NOW TEST PEACE ONCE MORE. THESE ZPF PEOPLE WERE THUGS

GUMBOREHOHWA - 17 July 2013

I thought kuti if these elections were free and fair Zanu Pf would invite the EU kuti vainyadzise alas

duncane - 18 July 2013

Vada you are talking of the South African lady that's very interesting. Let me tell you one important thing you can only do what she is doing in a stable country with good politicians and stable currency. There is nothing you can do without politics. With our Zimdollar expecting that... never it can not happen. In Zimbabwe we need a nation with friendly policies not the one used by ZANU. Lets vote for a total change MDC T. Don't waste your votes to W. Ncube and Dabengwa.

nosmas - 18 July 2013

Zvichapera chete hauna kudzidza. Hanzi naMumbengegwi it was a Cabinet decision inoite include veMDC. Vakatenderana kuti EU iopposition saka haingatambi bhora uku ichirefura. Saka kanda mutombo urikure. Urimutorwa panezvoushe hwako Seiko iwe? Iyo EU unoidii kana SADC neAU iripo neCarriobean and Pacific Nations neAsia? Vonoda EU ngavandorwarira kwavakaroyerwa.

Kmunenharo - 18 July 2013

This is the dawn of Indepenence

Independence - 18 July 2013

The EU imposed sanctions on Zanu PF individuals and state companies and so they are already biased against Zanu PF. On that score it does not make sense to invite them. Some of them have already written off the election anyway. Further, from what we have seen before they will not stick to observing only, they normally end up trying to dictate how the elections should be run. We saw that happening in Kenya. In addition, we do not need their views at all. SADC and AU and Latin America can still observe and give their learned opinions. Some of the comments made by some Zimbabweans betray extreme naivety. They have never worked with white people clearly and do not know how they patronise blacks. Thinking that they mean well is a serious miscalculation. Some of you must go and read History and then come back and contribute from an informed position.

Petros Magomazi - 19 July 2013

Ndonzwira tsitsi vamwe vasingazivi kuti cabinet chii. Uhmmmmm zvakaoma. Tsvekutuka abiye enyu kuti makatirasisa muchiteverera mumashure meZanu Pf sezvataurwa na Mhlanga!!!! Ve Zanu vari mu cabinet pavairamba EU observers, mdc yanga iri kupi?? Zvino mavakuchema Chii????

madhaka - 20 July 2013

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