President Hifikepunye Pohamba today congratulated Robert Mugabe,
President-elect of the Republic of Zimbabwe for what he described as ZANU-PF's resounding victory in the harmonised elections which concluded at the weekend.
Pohamba states: “The people of Zimbabwe have once again demonstrated their trust and confidence in the ZANU-PF and your personal leadership. We commend the people and political leadership of the Republic of Zimbabwe for having delivered free and peaceful elections as reflected in the reports of the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM) and the African Union Election Observer Mission to Zimbabwe.”
He adds that in light of the reports by the SADC and AU Observer Missions declaring the elections as having been free and peaceful and the result as representing the will of the people of Zimbabwe, 'Namibia calls on those countries that have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe to respect the verdict of the people of Zimbabwe and lift those sanctions.'
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s plans to take his poll challenge to SADC received a major knock after the regional bloc’s mediator on Zimbabwe, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma endorsed Mugabe’s victory this morning.
Tsvangirai and his party lost dismally to Zanu-PF and Mugabe in the general elections held last week.
Tsvangirai has since dismissed the election outcome as a "huge farce" and said he was in the process of compiling a dossier on how Mugabe stole the elections to be handed over to SADC and the African Union.
Earlier on Saturday, The COMESA Observer Mission urged all parties to pursue legally established channels to resolve any disputes that may arise relating to the outcome of these elections.
“The Mission calls upon all the stakeholders to engage in fine-tuning and improving all aspects of the electoral,” it said in a statement.