AU ‘happy’ with polls preps

THE African Union (AU) observers currently in Zimbabwe have given the thumbs up to preparations for harmonised elections to be held next Wednesday.

Herbert Moyo

AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the revelation at a media briefing soon after touching down at the Harare International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Although a full media briefing on the observer reports is due for tomorrow, Dlamini-Zuma, who spoke in IsiZulu to a radio reporter who had asked her to do so, gave the clearest hint that the observers are satisfied with the prevailing conditions.

“Siyayithola imbiko kulaba akade bafika. Okwamanje kukahle imbiko esiyitholayo ayikasenzi ukuthi sibenovalo kodwa sifuna ukuzobona nje nathi ukuthi kuqhubekani. (We have received the reports from those who came earlier and as of now everything is proceeding well. The reports we have so far received do not give us any cause for alarm),” Dlamini-Zuma said.

Meanwhile, Dlamini-Zuma suggested that former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo’s visit to the country as part of the AU observer team is not guaranteed saying it depends on whether government will allow him.

“I think he will come. “If he is allowed he will come. They allowed me to come, that is all I’m saying.”

Dlamini-Zuma’s visit follows that of AU commissioner for political affairs Aïsha Abdullahi who arrived on Tuesdat afternoon. Obasanjo is expected in the country on Thursday.

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