Zimbabwe: SADC have become Mnangagwa’s tin-soldier!

Every regime, every junta need their buddies and allies. If not their work becomes so much harder. They need someone to play along and be useful for them. For President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) this is now Southern African Development Community (SADC).

At this point SADC is sounding like ZANU-PF themselves. There is little difference to the statement made by SADC and the ones coming from the Government of Zimbabwe. Neither, any difference really from what is made from the ZANU-PF either. Maybe, a little wording different and some way of articulating it. The ZANU-PF would be more rouge and rougher. However, their ideals and ethics are the same. In favour of the same government and their actions. Calling the International Community out and asking to end sanctions. That is not new, but has become a battle cry for the 2nd Republic.

A piece of the SADC Statement:

We applaud our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters who have shown great resilience, notwithstanding the damaging sanctions. It is commendable that Zimbabwe is now among the Top Five doing business reformers in Africa, and Top 20 improvers on ease of doing business score in the world, this is according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 publication. The region has also noted the Government’s efforts to compensate former commercial farmers Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe continues to implement economic reforms aiming to turn-around the economy. Reforms under the Transitional Stabilisation Programme are, gradually stabilizing the economy. The Public Order and Security Act, as well as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act have been repealed, as part of ongoing legal reforms. Zimbabwe would have achieved more, if not constrained by the imposed sanctions” (Statement by the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax on October 25, the Anti-Sanctions Day – SADC calling for the lifting of all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, 24.10.2020).

ZANU-PF should be super happy about that statement. Ahead of the SADC Day, which could become a holiday and a festive day for the ruling regime. They are pulling all the strings to make a fuzz. The junta want to show the cause is popular and have the people behind it. Even if that wouldn’t be true.

The ambassadors and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs have explained why the sanctions are put on Zimbabwe. The ZANU-PF will not listen and will not accept the accomplice to human rights violations, extra judicial killings and arbitrary arrests. Stifling the opposition and silencing the dissidents by any means. Even going in and trying to stop the biggest opposition party. Therefore, the ruling regime is giving all the reasons to continue being sanctioned.

The ZANU-PF and SADC is playing the game of “reforms”. But if reforms is throwing civilians, activists and opposition leaders behind bars. Then the Mnangagwa government have gotten far. If the rising inflations, hectic financial and economic policies. If Command Government policies is the thing. Then, the current government is killing it. However, that is not what the ones sanctioning is asking for.

ZANU-PF and SADC can act like this, but that doesn’t make their statement true. They can fool their own, but not the ones who is following the situation. As long as state of affairs is deteriorating and getting militarized. You know there is less hope of removing sanctions. However, the ones in power wants wealth, either by the hook or by the crook. They don’t care how they earn their fortunes, as long as they do so. The ruling regime have no trouble living lavish while the rest of the general suffers and cannot afford the basics. Peace.

SADC: Communique of the Extraordinary Organ Troika Plus Republic of Mozambique Summit of Heads of State and Government – Harare -Zimbabwe, 19 May 2020 (19.05.2020)

Namibia: The Presidency – Media Release (02.03.2020)

Malawi: Statement by His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, 31st January 2020 (31.01.2020)

Namibia: Official Announcement of the Final Election Results for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections by ECN Chairperson, Adv. Notemba Tjipueja (30.11.2019)

Namibia: Awaiting cooked results from the ECN on the 27th November 2019 Elections

The 27th November 2019 Presidential Elections of Namibia is already contested, because the counting is going on as we speak. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) have been doing the tally ever since the polls was done and three days later the official announced results aren’t out. Just the preliminary results.

That means the main contender, dr. Panduleni Filemon Bango Itula, the Independent candidate lost to incumbent Presidential Candidate Hage G. Geingob from the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO. The independence movement and liberation party of Namibia. His the third President since the liberation and this would be his second term. As his been in office since 21st March 2015.

What is really rich, as there been hours since the ECN released a preliminary results, where the incumbent was ahead, but his already on Twitter announcing his victory, as the ECN haven’t delivered its final verdict. The announced final results aren’t out after three days and seems like the Election Officials will work until 1st December and start of Advent before the proclaimed numbers are out. That shows the reality of it all.

That the Namibian authorities are cooking the numbers, when the ECN needs this long time to deliver a verified result. When they need the data-set, the sudden changes and fix the numbers to make sense. This because they are cooking the books, to ensure the incumbent and SWAPO dominance in the Parliament.

For counting the possible 1,3 million voters, this is outrageous long time. Even if some rural areas lack the good internet connection and whatnot, that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) crashes or something. That is the sort of things, that just happens and the handwritten forms should justify and verify, if the technical devices doesn’t work as its supposed to do. Therefore, that is an excuse and where the algorithms comes in and crushes the numbers, which usually hits the needs of the incumbent.

What is ironic about the EVM is this: “Direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines with and without voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT)” (…) “The EVM is meant to enhance the conduct of fast, reliable, free, and fair elections in Namibia. In this regard, the EVM retains all the characteristics of voting by ballot papers, while making polling efficient and expedient. It is fast, reliable, saves considerable time, money and personnel power. It also maintains voting secrecy and is tamper proof. At the end of polling the results are automatically available through the press of a button” (IDEA, 2019).

This here says what the EVM is supposed to do, which it doesn’t do. For the 1,3m voters, it takes 500,000 each day or so. The technology of EVM and the VVPAT is clearly not fast and reliable. The ECN just using the EVM to mask what its doing. If not, then they could have released the results before 48 hours. But the longer it takes, the more chefs are making the dish ready for the Head of State, nothing else.

These results and the pronounced results when they come for these elections will be challenged in the Courts. As this sort of questionable work will be tested, hopefully all parties work together to have liable proof and evidence of the rigging. The rigging doesn’t seem unreasonable, since the ECN and the SWAPO needs positive and winning results to continue to prosper and rule.

Let’s see how this goes. Peace.

Namibia: Media Statement by ECN Chairperon Adv. Notemba Tjipueja on Provisional Results for 2019 Presidential & National Assembly Elections (30.11.2019)

Namibia: ECN – Media Release (29.11.2019)

Namibia: The Presidency – Media Release (13.11.2019)

SADC Solidarity in the call for the lifting of Sanctions Imposed in the Republic of Zimbabwe (24.10.2019)