Mugabe rejects Western observer groups in Zimbabwe’s 2018 election

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has rejected the participation of election observer groups from the West during the southern African country’s 2018 presidential election.

He said the non-governmental organisations funded by the West will not be allowed to observe the elections, local news portal reports.

“We don’t need them. We are saying no. We are going to have elections in 2018 and we are going to say no to the whites. We don’t mind their diplomats participating but the NGOs, no. We don’t want them at all,” he was quoted to have said in an interview last week.

Mugabe is reported to have said that the observer groups directly influence opposition parties including Kenya’s Raila Odinga who boycotted the election rerun on October 26.

“They want to work with opposition parties all the time. In other words, they don’t have that impartiality of mind and judgment,” said the 93-year-old who is seeking to extend his term after 37 years in power.

His statement was condemned by the opposition MDC-T whose spokesperson Obert Gutu said the decision should be left with the electoral commission alone. Read more on this here.