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SADC Ready to Launch Zimbabwe Election Observer Mission

The Southern African Development Community’s election observer mission is expected in Harare on Monday, joining the mission from the African Union that has been in Zimbabwe for weeks now ahead of the July poll.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi last Friday said over 50 foreign groups have been invited to observe the election.

He maintained countries like the United States and other western nations in the European Union that imposed sanctions on Harare were not invited.

But the U.S-based December 12 Movement, a black American outfit which supports President Robert Mugabe’s policies, has been invited alongside countries like China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran.

South African Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told the media in Pretoria on Tuesday that his country will join other regional nations in observing the Zimbabwe elections.