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Botswana's Khama re-affirms SADC pull-out

15 April 2014, 10:40

Cape Town – Botswana President Ian Khama has re-affirmed his decision to not send his country's officials to participate in future SADC election observer missions.

According to a New Zimbabwe.com report, Khama said his government had no plans of re-deploying its nationals to such missions.

The decision came as Khama continued to protest what he said were irregularities in Zimbabwe's disputed elections held last year in July.

In January this year, Khama criticised both the African Union (AU) and SADC for endorsing Zimbabwe's election outcome despite "glaring evidence of vote fraud by incumbent leader President Robert Mugabe".

Mugabe, 90, romped to victory with a 62% majority of the national vote, in what his challengers felt was a stolen result.

SADC and fellow African observer missions were quick to declare the poll as a free expression by Zimbabweans.

Khama, a strong critic of Mugabe's rule was adamant the observer group ignored guidelines among regional leaders as benchmarks for any poll to be declared free and fair, said the report.

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