UNZA Historian Professor Bizeck Phiri says despite Zambia having headed the SADC election observer mission in Zimbabwe, the SADC report on elections in that country is not likely to sour relations between the two countries.
He is hopeful that the perceived tension that the election outcome in Zimbabwe has brought about will be resolved at SADC level urgently.
The UNZA historian also observes that the failure by President Hakainde Hichilema to attend the inauguration ceremony of Zimbabwe’s President Emerson Munangagwa may send a wrong message even when he could have a good reason not to attend.
Professor has since advised the government to ensure the good relations that have always existed between Zambia and Zimbabwe are maintained and strengthened.
There has been some serious debate that seems to have caused tension between the two sister countries following the SADC electoral observation mission headed by former Vice President Dr. Nevers Mumba released a preliminary report that Zimbabwe election fell short of regional standards and international standards.