SADC NGOs call for immediate action on Zim

More than 2,000 Non-Governmental Organisations from countries neighboring Zimbabwe have passed a resolution demanding that SADC immediately force an audit on the recent election.

The NGOs have been gathered here since August 11 deliberating on issues affecting their various countries.

The theme for the conference is "Acting together ensuring accountability."

The issue of Zimbabwe's elections was brought into the discussion during yesterday's plenary session.

It was the feeling of all the speakers who contributed on the matter that the Zanu (PF) landslide victory was "fake and stage-managed." The matter was then transferred to the forum's Commission on Governance before fowarding recommendations to draft resolution which has been passed today.

Part of the resolution, which was unanimously adopted, reads:

"We call upon SADC to immediately hold an audit on the elections that took place in Zimbabwe.

"We call upon the Government of Zimbabwe to organise a National Reconciliation and Healing Conference that will sketch the way foward for Zimbabwe.

"The conference's mandate would be to ensure there is peace-building and political reforms."

The forum also slammed SADC observers who declared Zimbabwe's elections free and fair, saying their conclusions were political and did not reflect what actually happened on the ground.

The resolutions come ahead of the SADC Heads of State Summit which will kick off in the Malawian capital on Saturday.

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