Zambian Elections declared Peaceful, Transparent, Credible, Free and Fair by SADC

Guy ScottThe SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Presidential By-Elections in the Republic of Zambia has declared the elections to have been peaceful, transparent, credible, free, and fair, thus reflecting the will of the people of Zambia in accordance with the National Laws and the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

This is contained in the statement released today by Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Elections in the Republic of Zambia; accompanied by H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary; and Members of the SADC Troika.


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Congo-Kinshasa: Extending the FDLR Disarmament Deadline Will Only Prolong the Agony

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SADC Summit Ends With Call to End Regoinal Political Turmoil

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The war rages on….

By Jennifer Fierberg The Land of a Thousand Hills is now accusing the land of a thousand rumors of bombing on its territory. Rwanda has released a series of tweets stating that the  arm in DRC (FARDC) has shelled two areas on Rwanda. No injuries were reported as of publication. Further, Rwanda’s proxy army, the M23 rebel group, is accusing FARDC of imbedding FDLR (Hutu rebels in DRC) and assisting them in fighting the M23. This alphabet soup of a situation all boils down to Rwanda wanting to attack Eastern…

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