Zim defence Minister fingered in Namibian election rigging storm

Rigging home and away lol!

Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri fingered in Namibia election rigging storm. This comes after incumbent president Hage Geingob won a second term in office with 56.3% of the vote in Wednesday’s election.

While Geingob comfortably saw off his challengers, his figures were significantly down from the 87% with which he won his first term in 2014.

Minister of Defence Oppah Muchinghuri-Kashiri has been accused of aiding in election rigging in Namibia by the country’s opposition.

However, the Namibian opposition has cried foul and accused the SADC election observer mission (SEOM) which is headed by Muchinguri-Kashiri of aiding Geingob in rigging the elections.

The opposition alleges that SADC was complicit in the rigging by turning a blind eye to to massive electoral irregularities.

According to Zimlive, opposition leader, Mike Kavekotora, the leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress said. The SADC observer mission was loaded with a lot of people from Zimbabwe.

What do we expect from somebody who was coming from a rigged election in his or her own country? How do you expect that person to come and give you a proper observation in another country? That’s just impossible.

We consider this matter to be very serious. We’re going to engage the other political parties and we’ll keep our options open and see what’s the right course of action. Namibia cannot be manipulated. We have to come to a point where we say ‘enough’,

The opposition alleges that one of the means of election rigging included the use of faulty voting machines. The Muchinguri-Kashiri SEOM has been under massive scrutiny from day one, as members of the Namibian press and opposition political parties, were sceptical that they could be trusted to be impartial.

Critics highlighted the fact that the SEOM had many members from Zimbabwe, whose own 2018 election resulted in the deaths of 6 people after soldiers used live bullets to quell a demonstration by opposition supporters. The critics also questioned why the SEOM was filled by members of revolutionary parties and did not include and members of the opposition.

Ironically, this is not the first time that Zimbabweans have been accused of being complicit in election rigging. A few months ago, disgraced exiled former Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Augustine Chihuri, was accused of having an active role in the rigging of the Malawi elections.

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