Jeff Kapembwa & David Muchagoneyi
The Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, says the region is getting tough on the terror in Mozambique and a hard-hitting response will be noticed soon.
President Masisi on Wednesday met Presidents Edgar Lungu (Zambia) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), and revealed he had also been in touch with Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) on the Mozambique issue.
After meeting President Mnangagwa he said, “Coming to the regional issues to do with security and peace … as chair of the Organ, and with President Mnangagwa as the outgoing chair and therefore a member of the (Organ) Troika and President Ramaphosa as the incoming chair and a member of the Troika, last night I conferred with President Ramaphosa. I have reported to President Mnangagwa the contests of the discussions with President Ramaphosa, and we have formed views as Troika.
“One of them will result in taking this further so that we as SADC respond in a helpful manner to ensure that we assure the integrity and sovereignty of one of our own never to be assaulted by dissidents, rebellious non-state parties that undermine the democratic credentials and peace of the region.
“I speak on behalf of the Troika as Chair, following our consultations, we are going to make that known. Right now we are going to finish that with President Ramaphosa but you won’t have to look for it when you see it.”
President Mnangagwa said, “… President Masisi, as the current Chairperson of the SADC Troika, was briefing me about the security situation in the region with particular emphasis on what is happening in Cabo Delgado (Mozambique).”
Earlier, President Masisi conferred with President Lungu and assured him that the region was serious about diffusing the situation in Mozambique.
President Masisi also used the whistle stop visits to Zambia and Zimbabwe to discuss their nations’ respective bilateral ties, as well as to drum up support for Botswana’s candidate for the post of SADC Executive Secretary, Mr Elias Magosi.
Mr Magosi is up against the DRC’s Professor Faustin Mukela in the race to replace Tanzania’s Dr Stergomena Tax, who serves out her second four-year term in August.
President Masisi said, “I return to Botswana a thoroughly happy man because President Mnangagwa has adopted one of our own in Botswana in the name of Mr Elias Mpendi who we have put forward for the position of the upcoming SADC Executive Secretary.”