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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Minister Membe in Zimbabwe to submit SADC Electoral Observer Mission Report


Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), conducting an interview with National News Reporter upon his arrival at the Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe this evening (September 1, 2013). 

Hon. Membe is in Zimbabwe to submit a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer Mission Report, based upon the presidential elections that took place on July 31st, 2013.  Tanzania was a former Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Repulic of Tanzania. 

President Kikwete officially constituted the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Zimbabwe and mandated the former SADC Executive Secretary, Dr.Tomáz Salamão to facilitate the administrative and logistical support for the Mission.  President Kikwete as a Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation further appointed Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of the United Republic of Tanzania, to head the Mission.

The SEOM was officially launched in Harare, Zimbabwe, on March 10th, 2013.

Hon. Membe exchanges views with Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Namibia. 

Hon. Membe in a discussion with Hon. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe.   

H.E. Robert Mugabe was elected to his seventh term as President of Zimbabwe with 61%, leaving his opponent Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai with 34% of votes, according to the election commission in Zimbabwe.

Hon. Bernard K. Membe (center) in a preparatory meeting with Tanzania team of SEOM and the representative from Namibia (the current Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation).  Left is Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Namibia and Ambassador George Mwanjabala, former Ambassador of Tanzania to Zambia. 

Ambassador David Kapya (right), SEOM observer from Tanzania was also present during the meeting.

Other delegation from Tanzania included Mr. Paul Patience Maokola (right), Project Director - Mtama Constituency, Dr. Harold Martin Lemnge Utouh (2nd right), Senior Lecturer in International Economics, Mr. Robert Kahendaguza (3rd right), Acting Director of the Department of Regional Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Adadi Rajab (left), High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania in Zimbabwe.



All photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago

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