“We don’t need them. We are saying no. We are going to have elections in 2018 and we are going to say no to the whites … We don’t mind their diplomats participating but the NGOs, no. We don’t want them at all,” he told journalists from Chinese media organizations on Wednesday.
This will not the first time for Zimbabwe to bar Western organizations from observing elections, accusing them of harboring sinister intentions to promote regime change.
“They want to work with opposition parties all the time. In other words they don’t have that impartiality of mind and judgement,” Mugabe said.
The statement will likely draw criticism from opposition parties in Zimbabwe which have always called for Western countries and organizations to observe elections to ensure that they are credible, free and fair.