Namibia to send Observer Mission to Zimbabwe this week

17 Jul 2013 06:10
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) ? The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga will lead Namibia´s Observer Mission to Zimbabwe for the forthcoming elections in that country.
The acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Wilbard Hellao, said in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday that Namibia will also participate in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to Zimbabwe, set to be headed by Bernard Membe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Tanzania.
?The Republic of Zimbabwe will be holding harmonised elections on 31 July 2013. In this regard, the Government of Zimbabwe has extended an invitation to the Government of Namibia to send observers to witness that country?s harmonised elections,? the statement read.
In addition, Members of Parliament (MP) Elifas Dingara and Agnes Limbo will represent Namibia in the SADC Parliamentary Forum?s Observer Mission to the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Moreover, Professor Gerhard Tötemeyer, who is a member of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC), will serve in that capacity there.
?SEAC, which was inaugurated in April 2011, is tasked with encouraging adherence to principles and guidelines governing the conduct of elections,? Hellao explained.
The entire Namibian delegation will be announced in due course.
They are expected to leave for Zimbabwe later this week.