HARARE, (Xinhua) --
The visiting African Union Commission
chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday concluded his
three-day visit to Zimbabwe and said the AU will offer
technical support to help Zimbabwe conduct polls set for
mid this year.
stands ready to support Zimbabwe in the electoral
process. A team from the AU will be coming to Zimbabwe
to work with the organization responsible for
elections,” Mahamat said at a joint press conference
with foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo.
He said the
AU will mobilize partners to offer financial and
technical support for the elections which come after a
peaceful transition of power last November.
President Robert Mugabe resigned in November last year
after a military intervention and was replaced by
President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
hailed the peaceful transition and said as part of its
responsibilities, the AU will offer technical support to
the transitional government to ensure peace and
stability in the country.
transition was publicly supported by the people of
Zimbabwe so we are here to support the authorities,” he
visit, Mahamat, who was accompanied by the AU
commissioner for political affairs Minata Samate
Cessouma, met Mnangagwa, some cabinet ministers and paid
a courtesy call on Mugabe. Cessouma held discussions
with officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
he exchanged views with Mugabe who explained to him the
reasons why he resigned after 37 years in power. Mugabe,
he said, told him that he had resigned to ensure peace
and development of Zimbabwe.
he had taken stock of the situation in Zimbabwe as well
as assessing the country’s preparedness to hold the
generally satisfied with the visit and discussions we
have had and also the authorities of Zimbabwe have
committed themselves to various actions to open up the
political and democratic space to ensure that free,
fair, transparent and credible elections are organized
in the country,” he said.
the AU chair noted that the successful holding of free
and fair elections would help end Zimbabwe’s isolation
and unlock assistance from the international community.