EU EOM slammed over bi­ased elec­tion re­port

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fidelis Mun­y­oro Se­nior Re­porter

THE Euro­pean Union (EU) has come un­der fire for try­ing to dis­credit the widely hailed July 30 har­monised elec­tions in its fi­nal re­port re­leased on Wed­nes­day.

Ob­server mis­sions — in­clud­ing the African Union and Sadc — en­dorsed the elec­tions won by Zanu-PF and Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa as free, fair,cred­i­ble and a re­flec­tion of the peo­ple’s will.

The EU re­port re­gur­gi­tated MDC-Al­liance’s un­founded claims.

Po­lit­i­cal and le­gal an­a­lyst Mr Ti­no­mu­daishe Chinyoka said it was un­for­tu­nate that the EU trashed the polls be­cause its pre­ferred can­di­date Mr Nel­son Chamisa and the MDC-Al­liance lost.

“Some­times when peo­ple have an agenda, it is hard to per­suade them to see a dif­fer­ent point of view as long as the facts on the ground do not fit their nar­ra­tive,” he said.

“Our courts had an op­por­tu­nity to rule on the elec­tions, and they did.”

Mr Good­wine Mureriwa said it was clear that the EU was “a child of the US”.

“Re­al­ism is about pur­suit of na­tional in­ter­ests,” he said. “The elec­tions in Zim­babwe were pre­judged by US re­newal of sanc­tions and the so-called in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The Euro­peans are fol­low­ing that trend.”

Mr Mureriwa said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s for­eign pol­icy that opens Zim­babwe for in­vest­ment and re-en­gage­ment must not be viewed as des­per­a­tion.

“We will sur­vive, for as long as the land and vast min­eral re­sources are in our hands,” he said. “We fought for it. It is our birthright. In­vestors from out­side should re­spect that sacro­sanct prin­ci­ple. The land is the econ­omy and Zim­babwe.” Mr Mureriwa said the peo­ple’s rev­o­lu­tion would never be sacri­ficed to please op­pres­sors.

Renowned lawyer and an­a­lyst Tendai Toto crit­i­cised the EU for bias.

He said some of the ma­te­rial find­ings by the EU Ob­server Mis­sion on the elec­toral pro­cesses in Zim­babwe con­flicted those by other ob­server mis­sions like the AU, Sadc and Comesa.

“It re­mains a fact to me and many that the EU, among other things, want to make im­po­si­tions on how elec­toral pro­cesses must be con­ducted in African States in or­der to achieve an out­come that it cor­dially prefers, the ul­ti­mate re­al­i­sa­tion

of the regime change agenda that its mem­ber states prop­a­gate,” he said.

“This is not only unique to Zim­babwe, but across Africa. In par­tic­u­lar, the de­po­si­tion of the revo­lu­tion­ary po­lit­i­cal par­ties from po­lit­i­cal power, con­trol and in­flu­ence is the EU’s ob­jec­tive and pref­er­ence.”

Pre­sent­ing the EU Elec­tion Ob­server Mis­sion fi­nal re­port on Wed­nes­day, deputy chief ob­server Mr Mark Stevens ac­knowl­edged the cam­paign was largely peace­ful, with free­doms of move­ment, assem­bly and ex­pres­sion re­spected, and both the main pres­i­den­tial elec­tion can­di­dates held nu­mer­ous ral­lies across the coun­try.

He re­gur­gi­tated the MDC-Al­liance claims that the de­sign of the pres­i­den­tial bal­lot favoured Zanu-PF.

The MDC-Al­liance also al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the print­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of bal­lots, State me­dia bias and lack of trans­parency in the con­duct of postal vot­ing.

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