The ObservatoryTHE Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) statement on the regional bloc’s final report on elections is out. The verdict is now fully established; the elections according to SADC were “free, peaceful and generally credible”. That endorsement also translates to an unconditional acceptance of President Robert Mugabe’s new five-year tenure. I don’t think anyone expected anything different from the position that SADC took in its preliminary report,  released immediately after voting on August 2. This was further buoyed by the endorsement from SADC Heads of States and governments summit in Malawi on August 18, where President Mugabe was then elected to be vice chairperson of the regional bloc.Botswana, which had earlier asked for an audit of the elections, eventually joined…