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Geingob was keen to resolve Zim’s disputed polls – Chamisa

By Staff Writer

OPPOSITION leader,Nelson Chamisa says the late Namibian President Hage Geingob was very keen to resolve Zimbabwe’s disputed polls.

Chamisa made the remarks Thursday shortly after appending his condolence message at the Namibian Embassy in Harare.

Geingob died on February 4 2024 after a battle against cancer.

In his remarks, Chamisa said Geingob, as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, was interested in resolving the August 2023 disputed election results.

The retired Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader has not conceded election defeat to President Emmerson Mnangagwa insisting the polls were stolen.
“I am representing the people of Zimbabwe who believe in the alternative, who supported us and who continue to support us,” Chamisa said.

“President Geingob was familiar to me in my personal capacity as a young African leader, but more importantly in the context of Sadc.
“In the context of our disputed elections, we engaged him. We sent a team to Namibia. We are happy that he received our team, and we engaged him to find a common solution.”

He described Geingob as a democrat and urged African presidents to follow in his footsteps.
“It’s not about politics. It’s about honouring a giant. He was a democrat. He was a believer in justice and freedom, and he did not arrest opponents,” Chamisa said.

“He did not incarcerate those who differed with him. He held elections without undermining their integrity.

“He observed the guidelines on elections within Sadc, so for that reason, we honour him, and we pay our tribute to the great giant. It’s a big lesson to those in the region who are still at loggerheads with observing guidelines on democratic, free and fair elections.”
His sentiments have equally been echoed by regional,continental and global elections observer missions which participated in the August 23 polls.

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