As the incoming Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, the Republic of Zambia have appointed Dr Nevers Mumba, former Vice-President of Zambia as the Head of Mission (HoM) of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the Republic of Zimbabwe. This is in line with Article 3 of the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (2021), which provides that SADC shall observe all general elections held in its Member States.
Dr Mumba arrived in Harare today to commence his duties as Head of Mission of the SEOM. The SEOM will be deployed to all ten (10) Provinces of Zimbabwe to observe the pre- and post-election phases and the polling day. Before the Launch of the SEOM, the HoM shall undertake a Courtesy Call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He will also conduct meetings with the leadership of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) as well as the SADC Ambassadors and High Commissioners Accredited to the Republic of Zimbabwe.