Ahead of today’s general elections in the Republic of Mozambique, Kenya’s former Prime Minister and head of Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Observer Group for Mozambique elections Raila Odinga met Former President Joachim Chissano in Maputo on a courtesy call to the revered South African leader.
Odinga is leading a team of over 50 observer groups to oversee the Mozambique elections as part of Africa’s electoral reform best practices happening in several countries across the continent.
The CORD leader will deliver preliminary assessment of the Mozambique polls two days after the polls.
President Chissano is among the few African former statesmen whose exemplary leadership earned him the the world’s most coveted democracy prize -Â The Mo Ibrahim Prize – in 2007. The prize has been awarded three times in its seven year history â€” to Cape Verde President Pedro Verona Pires in 2011, Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008, and Joaquim Chissano Â in 2007.
Odinga also met the Chief Justice of Mozambique and President of Mozambique constitutional court Â Justice Hermenegildo Maria Cepeda Gamito, who informed his delegation of the level of judicial preparedness for the elections.
Odinga is expected back in the country soon after concluding the Mozambique mission.