Zimbabwe’s Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, is leading the SADC election observer mission to Mozambique’s presidential, provincial and legislative elections.

She was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in his capacity as chairperson of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The team is already in Mozambique for the elections that will be held next Tuesday and Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri will be deputised by Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo.

Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, and the RENAMO leader, Ossufo Momade, in August this year signed a peace and national reconcialiation agreement which has culminated in the 15 October elections.

The core mandate of the observer mission shall be to determine the adherence of the Republic of Mozambique to democratic values envisaged in the Sadc Treaty, the Sadc Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and the revised provisions of the revised Sadc principles and guidelines governing Democratic elections.

Honourable Muchinguri-Kashiri will work closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the elections are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner and in accordance with the domestic and SADC relevant statutes.