Culture

NO ROOM FOR VIOLENCE IN ZIMBABWE POLLS, SAYS SISULU

PRETORIA-- The recent deadly bomb attack in Zimbabwe is reflective of serious challenges faced by the South African Development Community (SADC) sub-region, says South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Lindiwe Sisulu

We have condemned the bomb blast in Bulawayo as it is vital that the political and security situation in Zimbabwe remains stable in the run-up to the general elections to be held on 30 July 2018. There is no place for violence in any of the countries preparing for elections, she said here Wednesday at her monthly media conference.

On 23 June, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a blast during an election campaigning rally, which left at least two people dead and many others injured. Zimbabwean authorities said the explosion in the southern city of Bulawayo was an assassination attempt on President Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe is preparing for presidential, parliamentary and local government elections set for the end of this month. It is estimated that close to six million Zimbabwean voters have registered to vote.

Despite the bomb blast, there has been no report of inter-party violence so far, with political parties holding campaign rallies and meetings peacefully.

Sisulu said Mnangagwa had also committed that the country would uphold the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. Adopted in 2004 and revised in 2014, the guidelines are an important initiative committing member States to credible, democratic and peaceful elections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the current chair of SADC, had said Zimbabwe is ready for elections and that the SADC would provide all necessary support.

Zimbabwe has assured us that they have the necessary resources to conduct a peaceful, free and fair elections, Sisulu said, adding that South Africa also takes comfort that Zimbabwe had extended invitations to more than 40 countries and organization to send observers to the upcoming elections.

These include invitations to member states of SADC, the European Union and the United States, a milestone especially since Zimbabwe had not invited international electoral observers for more than 10 years.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK