More world leaders continue to congratulate President Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in the harmonised elections.
China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea expressed their confidence in strengthening their relationships with Zimbabwe while Malawian President Joyce Banda also sent her message as she shrugged off the West’s machinations seeking to create a rift between the two leaders.
In his message, Chinese president Mr Xi Jinping said he was delighted to hear of the re-election of President Mugabe.
“I extend my warm congratulations and best wishes. We have met twice before. You impressed me as an African national liberation leader particularly with your strong national spirit, deep affection towards the people and persistence in safeguarding national sovereignty and independence,” he said.
Mr Jinping said China supported Zimbabwe’s efforts to maintain stability and pursue development.
“I look forward to working together with you to further strengthen our traditional friendship, expand the bilateral co-operation and promote common development of our two countries,” he said.
DPRK President Mr Kim Yong Nam said the re-election of President Mugabe was an expression of the people’s great trust in him and expectations from him, and his party Zanu-PF.
“I take this opportunity to express our conviction that the traditional relations of friendship and co-operation between our two countries would continue to develop from strength to strength in the future.
“I sincerely wish you greater successes in your responsible work for consolidating national unity and bringing about economic development,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s relations with China and the DPRK date back to the liberation struggle.
President Banda, set to assume the chair of Sadc this month during a Sadc Summit in that country, sent a signed congratulatory message to President Mugabe who whitewashed MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in the recent election.
Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) reported on Thursday that President Banda signed and wired a congratulatory message to President Mugabe.
President Mugabe won 61 percent of the vote compared with 33 percent for Mr Tsvangirai, who had been Prime Minister in a tense power-sharing arrangement with the President.
Several African countries among them South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho the Democratic Republic of the Congo have congratulated President Mugabe.
However, Botswana, that also stands accused of funding the MDC-T, is so far the only country contesting the vote together with Mr Tsvangirai, calling for fresh elections following what he described as “political theft”.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry is also questioning the validity of President Mugabe’s victory, saying the voting process was “deeply flawed” because of irregularities in the voters’ roll, unequal access to the parties for State media, a lack of political reforms as mandated by the constitution, among other issues.
He cited “the balance of evidence,” although the United States was barred from monitoring the vote.
However, the elections have been endorsed by Sadc, AU, Comesa, Chinese observer groups among others.
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