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Father Mukonori returns as an election observer

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Father Fidelis Mukonori who helped negotiate Robert Mugabe’s exit deal during the time of Operation Restore Legacy is back to the political scene but this time as an election observer

Father Mukonori is said to have played a major role in persuading the former President to resign his post during negotiations with emissaries of the military.

The Roman Catholic Cleric is one of the Deputy Heads of the   SADC Eminent Persons Observation Mission (SEPOM) under the auspices of the Elections Support Network of Southern Africa ESN-SA.

Introducing his team, SEPOM Head of Mission Tomaz Salamao said Father Mukonori needs no introduction as he is well known for his much-publicised role.

“I have on my right Priscilla Mulenga who is a former director of the Zambia Electoral Commission and to my left is my elder brother who needs no introduction to you all, Father Fidelis Mukonori,” he said.

Father Mukonori, said although he became prominent during the time of the Operation Restore Legacy, he has been doing a lot of work in conflict resolution and that he played a role in the crafting of the inclusive government of 2009.

Mukonori is joined to the SEPOM team by another businessman-cum-cleric Shingi Munyeza.

Meanwhile, Tomaz Salamao has urged parties to respect the outcome of the polls adding that in a democracy democratic election there is bound to be a winner and a loser.

“I urge all Zimbabwean political parties to respect the outcome of the polls. They should know that in a democracy they are winners and losers,” he said.

According to the mission, it met two political parties but was not at liberty to reveal the details of their meetings.

Father Fidelis MukonoriShingi MunyezaOperation Restore Legacy

Fidelis Mukonori is a Zimbabwean religious leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the Executive Director of Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa. He is known mostly for his proximity to political figures and for facilitating political events such as the burial of... Read More About Father Fidelis Mukonori

Shingi Albert Munyeza is a Zimbabwean businessman who in 2008 became the Chief Executive Office of African Sun Limited (ASL) a hospitality company in sub-Saharan Africa and Africa in general. Munyeza is also a devout Christian and a senior pastor at Faith Ministries in Harare.... Read More About Shingi Munyeza

Operation Restore Legacy is a military operation which triggered the demise of Robert Mugabe who had been the sole leader of Zimbabwe for thirty-seven years since the country attained independence.The operation attracted a lot scrutiny, locally, regionally and Internationally.The Military claimed it was not a... Read More About Operation Restore Legacy

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